Flying Solo – Alone In The Motorhome

Sarah and I have been together for over 30 years and a motorhoming couple for the last 18 years and other than the time I took a couple of my boys away not long after we purchased the new motorhome I have never been away without her in the motorhome. It’s not something that I… Read More Flying Solo – Alone In The Motorhome

Sssh Don’t Tell Anyone!

Three times now we have stayed at the freedom camping area, Ramp Road, on the Karikari Peninsula and each time we have heard other campers talk of the spot on the other side of the peninsula at Rangiputa as also being a great place to stay. So when it was suggested that we make the… Read More Sssh Don’t Tell Anyone!

The Recovery Ward. (Or getting better in the motorhome.)

Some places in the world like Australia they treat a 5 hour drive like you are visiting your neighbours. It’s not like that here but sometimes a journey of this magnitude is worth taking when you know that at the end the place and the people make the journey worthwhile. So it was when we… Read More The Recovery Ward. (Or getting better in the motorhome.)

How are you catching your fish today?

With Christmas fast approaching and wanting to sneak in one last holiday before the crowds descend into our favourite spots, Sarah and I headed away to join our friends Adrian and Sally at the freedom camping area at the end of Ramp Rd, Tokerau Beach on the Karikari Peninsula in the far north. We found… Read More How are you catching your fish today?

Another 7 Days At Puriri Bay

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

A Tour Of Historic Northland

Earlier this year I was approached by the media manager of Landmarks NZ who asked if I could visit some of the the properties in Northland that they are charged with promoting and write about them in my blog. This seemed like a good excuse to visit some places that we haven’t been to, so… Read More A Tour Of Historic Northland

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

Last Stop On The Tour

Our final stop on our tour of historic sites around Northland was the Ruapekapeka Pa site 6 kms off the State Highway 10 just south of Kawakawa and another one of those turn off’s to a historic site that I have driven past numerous times without thought of stopping. This visit is to the fifth… Read More Last Stop On The Tour

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

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