During the Covid 19 lockdown, Sarah and I walked several places in and around our local area. A couple of times we strolled slightly further afield once ending up wandering down a very deserted Queen St. We also walked to an area known as Westmere and found a delightful coastal walk. It wasn’t until we… Read More Hidden away in Auckland.
We had left Puriri Bay after a relaxing 7 days to return to Auckland with a visit planned to Zion Motorhomes in Pokeno for some work on the motorhome. On the way, we made a brief detour from SH1 to Whangarei Ports. To visit our friend Brian who is busy getting his “dingy” ready for… Read More The Perfect Pitstop – Wenderholm
With Mum’s funeral out of the way and family on their way back to parts afar. It was time for Sarah and I to have a bit of “me” time and spend a few days decompressing. I didn’t really feel like driving all the way to the “recovery ward” AKA Ramp Road on the Karikari… Read More Puriri Bay – Nature at it’s Best
Sadly 5 Mile Bay closed to freedom camping during the Covid 19 lockdown and will not reopen. If you are looking for somewhere to stay we highly recommend that you check out Whakaipo Bay a DOC camping area on the other side of Taupo. The access road is a little rough and may not suit… Read More Return to 5 Mile Bay – Taupo
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 really starting… Read More Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa
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.
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 several 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 way that… Read More Heading South – First Stop Taupo
On our travels around New Zealand and those of us lucky enough to travel overseas, we all come across a spot that for various reasons, becomes your favourite spot. So it is for Puriri Bay in Northland for Sarah and I. There are all sorts of reasons that this could be one of those magic… Read More Another 7 Days At Puriri Bay
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.
Leaving the NZMCA Park in Bell Block, Dave, our safari leader had arranged for us to stay in the grounds of the TSB Stadium. Whilst this is not a place that you can usually stay Dave has a good working relationship with the local council and as we are all self contained they were OK… Read More The Garden Festival Starts