The Beauty of Bland Bay

Just a few kms back down the road from Elliot Bay is the turn off to Bland Bay and our usual go to destination Puriri Bay the DOC camp at the end of the road. This time however without a DOC pass the thought of paying $15 per person per night to park on a… Read More The Beauty of Bland Bay

Brian buy’s a Dinghy

Getting out and about around the country gives you the chance to meet various people in all sorts of different places. We had just arrived in Middlemarch from where we planned to ride the Otago Rail Trail as part of our South Island tour. We had pulled in behind a large bus and got chatting… Read More Brian buy’s a Dinghy

Returning to Ray’s Rest

From Kaiaua where fish and chips had replenished our energy it was a short drive down the road to Ray’s Rest. Years ago we used to drive past here looking at all the motorhomes and wonder what was the attraction of the place and why would you stay where so many others are already staying.… Read More Returning to Ray’s Rest

Kaiaua and Fish and Chips 😀

After leaving Tapapakanga we planned on exploring another of the Auckland regional parks, Waharau which is only really just down the road a few kms but rather than being on the coastal side is part of the Hunua Ranges and as such the park is set into the bush. The drive between the two parks… Read More Kaiaua and Fish and Chips 😀

Camping Auckland – Tapapakanga

A lot of you will have looked at that title and thought where?🤔 Actually it’s one of the most visited of the Auckland regional parks on the south end of the city, sitting just down the coast from Orere Point and about 60 minutes drive from Auckland central. It’s a place we have visited a… Read More Camping Auckland – Tapapakanga

Mangawhai – Squashed like Sardines

Leaving Waipu we decided to take the coast road and avoid SH1 this would also give us the chance to explore a part of NZ that we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing for many a long year. It’s hard to know where Waipu stops and Waipu Beach starts as there isn’t really any break… Read More Mangawhai – Squashed like Sardines

Manganese Point – Park with a View

I was thinking 🤔 about the number of times that I must have driven North to Whangarei in my lifetime and realised that it would be quite a large number. Never however, when visiting or when I lived there in the early 1980’s, have I driven any other way than over the Brynderwyn hills. This… Read More Manganese Point – Park with a View

Pourerere Beach – It’s Worth The Drive.

Whoever planned the roads in the central Hawkes Bay didn’t know how to draw a straight line with the quickest way between anywhere either an unuseable metal road or some higgly piggly line that some sadist drew on the map. I exaggerate slightly (only slightly) but the distance from Kairakau to Pourerere Beach as the… Read More Pourerere Beach – It’s Worth The Drive.

Nipping into Napier

After spending 3 nights at Whakaipo Bay it was time to move onto another destination with the aim of this trip to head towards the Wairarapa and the beaches along the eastern shoreline the next logical step was to overnight in Napier. We had visited a couple of freedom camping spots last year and had… Read More Nipping into Napier

Heading South – First Stop Taupo

We had planned that our next trip would head south with the idea to explore places that we hadn’t seen or been too for a number of years. I had told Sarah that I didn’t want to drive any further than Taupo on the first day although if she wanted to stop elsewhere on the… Read More Heading South – First Stop Taupo