Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa

Or perhaps I should have called this blog Mr Blobby’s last stand. For those who haven’t read any of the previous blogs Mr Blobby is our 21 year old cat who has only recently started his travels having been a house cat for the proceeding 20 years. Sadly as this year has progressed he is… Read More Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa

On The Other Side Of The Water

Each time we have parked at Manganese Point we have looked to the other side of the harbour and asked that age old question “what is over there?” so we thought we would find out. Due to meet our friends at the Waipu Golf Club a little later that day we decided to explore the… Read More On The Other Side Of The Water

Castlepoint

Driving out from Masterton 🚌 to visit Castlepoint is one of those things that anyone who is visiting the area probably does given that the lighthouse is one of the most visited in the country. So it was with us heading out from the showgrounds early to make the most of the day. It’s a… Read More Castlepoint

Masterton A&P Showgrounds

Having arrived safely in Masterton 😀 after the incident when we nearly lost one of our front wheels on the way here (refer previous blog) we decided on a night at the local A&P Showgrounds. A place Sarah had read about and one that sounded like a really nice place to stay. The Showgrounds are… Read More Masterton A&P Showgrounds

Where is everyone? – Herbertville

When I decided to retire in 2017 I did a lot of reading of other blogs to plan our future travels. Mainly those written by Shellie Evans and Chris Miller both of whom take great photos as well as writing in a style that appeals to me. It was a post made by Shellie that… Read More Where is everyone? – Herbertville

Camping At The National Army Museum

This post is a little out of order from the route of our trip but with today being ANZAC day I felt it was appropriate to publish this post ahead of some of the other posts that should come before it. We had spent the night back at the NZMCA Park in Napier catching up… Read More Camping At The National Army Museum

Freedom Camping In Porangahau

Moving on from Pourerere the next stop on the tour was going to be another spot that had been recommended to us as a must stay place – Porangahau Beach but first we wanted to visit the small settlement of Aramoana and no we didn’t take a detour to the South Island it’s just another… Read More Freedom Camping In Porangahau

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.

Kairakau – Camping on the Beach

After the short stop in Napier it was time to start our exploration of the coast south from there towards Castlepoint. In some ways it’s a good thing that the road doesn’t run down the coast as this probably deters many people from taking the long and winding roads that lead towards these beautiful beaches.… Read More Kairakau – Camping on the Beach

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