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

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… 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 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

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… Read More Pahi – Camp on the Waters Edge

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

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

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!

Where is everyone? – Herbertville

When I decided to retire in 2017 I did a lot of reading of other blogs to plan our future travels. Mainly those written by Shellie Evans and Chris Miller both of whom take great photos as well as writing in a style that appeals to me. It was a post made by Shellie that… Read More Where is everyone? – Herbertville

Camping At The National Army Museum

This post is a little out of order from the route of our trip but with today being ANZAC day I felt it was appropriate to publish this post ahead of some of the other posts that should come before it. We had spent the night back at the NZMCA Park in Napier catching up… Read More Camping At The National Army Museum