Freedom camping in Hastings

Sometimes a big drive is just something that you have to do. So it was for us on Sunday when we both woke early for what I thought was going to be the beginning of a trip to the Coromandel when Sarah suggested that we head to Hastings and catch up with Adrian and Sally… Read More Freedom camping in Hastings

How to survive the motorhome show

Last year when I retired we decided that we would upgrade the 1995 Mitsubishi Canter that we had owned since 2001 with something that was a bit more modern,  a bit more spacious, has a decent kitchen and big garage but most importantly one that would have a fixed bed in the rear. So we… Read More How to survive the motorhome show

Rangihoua Heritage Park

We were back at what is now the NZMCA Park we have visited the most, in Kerikeri for a catch up with fellow Dethleffs motorhome owner John who we had met firstly at the NZMCA Park in Plimmerton then later in Blenheim (twice) and then later at a meeting of fellow Dethleffs van owners back… Read More Rangihoua Heritage Park

A Guide To Buying Your First E Bike

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about buying your first motorhome. Later when I was talking with some friends we started talking about E Bikes and the benefits of having one with you when you travel in your motorhome. From there the discussion turned to “why don’t you write a blog about E… Read More A Guide To Buying Your First E Bike

Mangungu Mission and Horeke

Imagine standing on the front porch of your house looking out over the harbour to see 400 waka beached along the shore and 4000 Maori standing in your front garden. This would have been the case had you been at the Mangungu Mission on February 12th 1840 for the largest single signing of the Treaty… Read More Mangungu Mission and Horeke

Camping at the Wairere Boulders

If you ask most people in New Zealand about the Wairere boulders they will look at you with a confused face and tell you about the Moeraki Boulders north of Dunedin. Sarah and I visited these earlier this year and wrote about that visit in this blog. This time however we are in the Hokianga… Read More Camping at the Wairere Boulders

Rawene and Clendon House

A couple of months ago an email arrived from the social media manager of Landmarks Whenua Tohunga who had come across my blog on various motorhome sites and asked me if I would like to write about some of the lessor known places that Landmarks Whenua Tohunga look after in Northland. Thinking that this would also be… Read More Rawene and Clendon House

Getting things done!

Having to spend some time at home whilst we get my mother settled into her assisted living apartment has meant that there is time to get a few things sorted on the motorhome. Firstly when we drove back to Auckland from Gisborne through the Waiweka Gorge and picked up one of those dreaded stone chips… Read More Getting things done!

A guide to buying your first motorhome

Because we had to come home unexpectedly from the trip to the East Cape I thought I would put this article together. It’s been banging round in my head for a while and with summer approaching rapidly now seemed like a good time to write this. Sounds simple like any fool could do this, but… Read More A guide to buying your first motorhome