Well That’s A Neat Party Trick

Earlier this year, I underwent another biopsy for my recurrent lymphoma. This involved chest surgery removing part of one rib to access the enlarged lymph node. After surgery and a suitable recovery period, we headed away to what we now know as the recovery ward aka Ramp Road, freedom camping. Sadly during winter, I developed… Read More Well That’s A Neat Party Trick

The Beauty of Bland Bay

Just a few km’s back down the road from Elliot Bay is the turnoff 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 bit of… Read More The Beauty of Bland Bay

Elliot Bay – Hidden Away In Northland

  We left Brian and his boat in Whangarei, heading towards our favourite destination, the Whangaruru Harbour. For once we drove past the turn off carrying on with thoughts of checking out and staying at Elliot Bay a privately owned beach/camping area much closer to Russell than Whangarei on the Rawhiti/Russell Road. The signage is… Read More Elliot Bay – Hidden Away In Northland

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

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 area… Read More On The Other Side Of The Water

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

Tinopai $20 Well Spent

Having moved on from the camping area at Pahi. Choosing not to visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe, we decided to take advantage of the deal the NZMCA has put together with a number of camping grounds and spend the night at Tinopai. One of only two Camp Saver campgrounds in Northland with the other… Read More Tinopai $20 Well Spent

Pahi – Camp on the Waters Edge

We have been home for the last few weeks sorting out some things for my mother, who sadly has had to move into the care facility at the retirement village after suffering a small stroke. It’s been quite the effort moving stuff out of the old apartment and adding it to our ever-growing pile of… Read More Pahi – Camp on the Waters Edge

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. 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 really… 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!