Camping – NZMCA – Ardmore

At the time of writing there are 41 NZMCA camps dotted around New Zealand with Sarah and I having stayed at 26 of these. I hope to one day be able to say that we have stayed at them all but when you live in the city where two are located it’s hard to know… Read More Camping – NZMCA – Ardmore

Camping – West Auckland – Tui Glen

It’s funny how things can be so close to home and you never get to visit a certain place, so it is with Tui Glen (#1038) the NZMCA Camp in West Auckland. I first became aware of the camp in the 1980’s when I lived and worked just a few kms away and it was… Read More Camping – West Auckland – Tui Glen

Whangarei Heads

It’s amazing how quickly we got itchy feet after the we returned from the South Island so the chance to get away again and join a gathering of fellow Dethleffs owners in Northland was too good an opportunity to pass up. Despite the winter and worry about sodden campgrounds I managed to convince Sarah that… Read More Whangarei Heads

The Best Of The South Island

After four months travelling round the South Island it certainly left an impression on both of us. So before we head away again and before Alzheimer’s takes over I thought it was time to jot down what we thought were the best places we visited. Those that we would consider a must see or do.… Read More The Best Of The South Island

The Pedersen Rating System

For those of you that have been following my blog you will know that Sarah and I have just returned from four months travelling the South Island during this time we have stayed at a number of different campsites. All of these campsites where unknown to us when we first arrived at them, and each… Read More The Pedersen Rating System

The Long Drive Home

With the wind having died away the following morning (refer previous blog) it was now safe to make our way out of French Pass  with no fear of being blown over the edge and down one of the steep banks that flank this very narrow road. Not long after we got underway the heavens decided… Read More The Long Drive Home

A Grand Opening

We had stayed at the new NZMCA camp in Motueka a couple of weeks after it opened for a few days and really enjoyed our time there. During our time at the camp various members of the local committee where coming and going looking at various things around the camp as well as speaking to… Read More A Grand Opening

Murchison to Motueka

With our walk up part of the Heaphy Track completed. We decided that we would visit the famous arches at Oparara the following morning. Waking up to the sounds of helicopters buzzing the camp I set out to investigate to discover a deer that had been shot hanging below one of the choppers which was… Read More Murchison to Motueka

Westport and Denniston

Arriving at the NZMCA camp at Westport it was nice to be so close to the beach even if it was now a little cold to be dipping our toes in the water. The smell of the sea does wonders as a pick me up and the rugged scenery of the coast is so apparent… Read More Westport and Denniston

Punakaiki to Cape Foulwind

  It was a going to be a quiet night in Greymouth  with the two of us having showered and ready for a night watching TV when at 8.30 there was a knocking on the door of our motorhome. Opening the door we found a couple of distressed campers who also own a Dethleffs motorhome… Read More Punakaiki to Cape Foulwind