Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa

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… Read More Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa

Mangawhai – Squashed like Sardines

Leaving Waipu we decided to take the coast road and avoid SH1 this would also give us the chance to explore a part of NZ that we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing for many a long year. It’s hard to know where Waipu stops and Waipu Beach starts as there isn’t really any break… Read More Mangawhai – Squashed like Sardines

Tinopai $20 Well Spent

Having moved on from the camping area at Pahi and 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… Read More Tinopai $20 Well Spent

Castlepoint

Driving out from Masterton 🚌 to visit Castlepoint is one of those things that anyone who is visiting the area probably does given that the lighthouse is one of the most visited in the country. So it was with us heading out from the showgrounds early to make the most of the day. It’s a… Read More Castlepoint

Akitio and the lost stud!

As I have mentioned in previous posts about this part of the coastline it’s much further than the crow flies to get from beach to beach and so it was again with another 65 kilometre drive to get from Herbertville to Akitio which are actually less than 20kms apart. There is a lot of forestry… Read More Akitio and the lost stud!

Freedom Camping In Porangahau

Moving on from Pourerere the next stop on the tour was going to be another spot that had been recommended to us as a must stay place – Porangahau Beach but first we wanted to visit the small settlement of Aramoana and no we didn’t take a detour to the South Island it’s just another… Read More Freedom Camping In Porangahau

Pourerere Beach – It’s Worth The Drive.

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.

Kairakau – Camping on the Beach

After the short stop in Napier it was time to start our exploration of the coast south from there towards Castlepoint. In some ways it’s a good thing that the road doesn’t run down the coast as this probably deters many people from taking the long and winding roads that lead towards these beautiful beaches.… Read More Kairakau – Camping on the Beach

Heading South – First Stop Taupo

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 a number of 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… Read More Heading South – First Stop Taupo

Shakespear – Camping close to Auckland

With my recovery taking longer than expected I was reluctant to travel too much further from home and rather than travel north after leaving Wenderholm we actually turned south. First making a brief stop at the dump station in Hatfields Beach, a very handy spot on the outskirts of Auckland but sadly with no fresh… Read More Shakespear – Camping close to Auckland