Mountains, Museums and Gardens.

It was time to move on from the TSB Arena to our next destination, the gardens of Pukeiti located on the foothills of the mountain. However as their carpark is not really designed for 11 motorhomes arriving and staying at the same time as well as all the other people visiting the gardens during the… Read More Mountains, Museums and Gardens.

Camping at Port Jackson

One of the things with social media is that you are constantly being reminded of what happened 1,2 3 or X number of year ago and so it was the other day when we were staying at Rays Rest and Facebook reminded us that it was 3 years since we had visited Port Jackson. Since… Read More Camping at Port Jackson

Camping at Ruakaka Beach

With the tour of the Heritage NZ sites completed we wanted to catch up with Aileen and Stewart who we had met in the South Island and who we knew were staying at the Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park whilst Aileen was completing a work assignment nearby. Despite having lived in Whangarei in the 1980’s and… Read More Camping at Ruakaka Beach

Te Waimate to Whangaruru

I wonder how many times I have driven to Kerikeri and beyond along State Highway 10 or north to Kaitaia on State Highway 1 and driven past the signs that point to the Waimate Mission just a few kms up the road. Thinking to myself that one day I must go there but in reality… Read More Te Waimate to Whangaruru

Camping In Taupo At 5 Mile Bay

Leaving behind Adrian and Sally at the Evers Swindell Reserve in Hastings we made our way into Napier for a stop at the dump station located in the Foreshore Reserve. It’s also a designated freedom camping area right on the beach. It would however be useless to us as you have to be able to… Read More Camping In Taupo At 5 Mile Bay

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

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

Memories of a Motorhomer

This week I realised that it’s 40 years since I first purchased a caravan and adopted or at least partially adopted the gypsy lifestyle. So I thought I would dedicate this blog to some of my memories in the hope that it might jog memories in some of the other people that read it. I… Read More Memories of a Motorhomer

The Best Of The South Island

After four months travelling round the South Island it certainly left an impression on both of us. So before we head away again and before Alzheimer’s takes over I thought it was time to jot down what we thought were the best places we visited. Those that we would consider a must see or do.… Read More The Best Of The South Island

The Pedersen Rating System

For those of you that have been following my blog you will know that Sarah and I have just returned from four months travelling the South Island during this time we have stayed at a number of different campsites. All of these campsites where unknown to us when we first arrived at them, and each… Read More The Pedersen Rating System