From Kaiaua where fish and chips had replenished our energy it was a short drive down the road to Ray’s Rest. Years ago we used to drive past here looking at all the motorhomes and wonder what was the attraction of the place and why would you stay where so many others are already staying.… Read More Returning to Ray’s Rest
A lot of you will have looked at that title and thought where?🤔 Actually it’s one of the most visited of the Auckland regional parks on the south end of the city, sitting just down the coast from Orere Point and about 60 minutes drive from Auckland central. It’s a place we have visited a… Read More Camping Auckland – Tapapakanga
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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