Who are you waving at?

On our most recent trip, North, Sarah and I had the usual laughs making excuses why people don’t wave back. Are they so busy concentrating on the road that they simply didn’t see us? Maybe their hands have become mysteriously glued to the steering wheel? Perhaps they are in one of the private rentals, and… Read More Who are you waving at?

I’m Over There In The White Fiat!

A corny joke told hundreds of times already but one that’s rather apt for the Hamilton Motorhome Show. Although my van is silver, not white and also not in this photo. We have been to the show for the last two years, but this year Sarah had decided that since we weren’t buying a new… Read More I’m Over There In The White Fiat!

Surviving the Motorhome Show Part 2

In a couple of weeks, the annual NZMCA motorhome show will roll around in Hamilton giving thousands of people including us the chance to spend up to 3 days wandering around looking at the latest offerings from several different companies. This brings with it the prospect of sore feet after many hours trudging round on… Read More Surviving the Motorhome Show Part 2

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

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

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

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!

2018 In Photos Part 2

As I said in part one of this blog photos are a window into the past and a chance to look back on what you have done, where you have been and who you have met. With the south island covered in the part one it’s time to try and squeeze the north island into… Read More 2018 In Photos Part 2

Staying at the NZMCA Park Hawera

After having had our “blobby” day at the Cape Egmont Boating club it was time to head off towards the next destination on our motorhome safari. Dave the safari leader had almost been insistent that a stop to view the Maui gas processing plant was on the must do list. So a few kms up… Read More Staying at the NZMCA Park Hawera

Camping at NZMCA Park Bell Block

Wanting to get out of Mikes Brewery before the hoardes descended on Saturday morning Sarah and I set off on the next part of the Safari. The plan was to meet at the Kawaroa Park on the waterfront in New Plymouth where Dave had received special permission from the local council for the group to… Read More Camping at NZMCA Park Bell Block