After leaving the Horahora Domain it was time to find a new destination without having to travel too far. This trip was about relaxation not seeing how far we could drive. Also with the price of diesel climbing through the roof who wants to have to keep filling their tank. We have had a number… Read More Whakamaru. Lakeside Paradise.
After consulting with various people at Tuapiro Reserve, we decided that the next port of call would be the small seaside village of Omokoroa. People we had spoken to told us about the ferry that runs to Matakana Island, a couple of cafes and the boating club. Together with a walking and cycle trail, all… Read More Omokoroa -Peace in Suburbia
You could be forgiven for thinking you had turned up at the popular Ray’s Rest from some of the visual aspects of Tuapiro Reserve. The mudflats and shell covered beach reminded me of the many times we have stayed along the Miranda coastline (south of Auckland). This time, however, we were exploring some of the… Read More No, It’s Not Where You Might Think.
Such an innocent question. Yet one that brings terror to many. The mere thought of vague directions to some mystical spot is enough to make some adults quiver with fear. Obviously, there are those amongst us who drive into a camp turn off the motorhome, and they are there. Then there are the others, many… Read More Where do you want to Park?
After our rally driver efforts to escape the DOC camp at Arohena, we decided to look for somewhere, let’s just say a little less stressful to enter and depart. We had heard good things from lots of people about Mangakino. Given that it was really the next available place to stay along the river, it… Read More Mangakino
As 2019 draws to a close and 2020 looms, it will soon be another year over and a new one just begun. So it was time to look back on some of our journeys in 2019. These offered some of the highlights as well as a couple of lowlights. The year didn’t start that well for… Read More Journeys of 2019 Part One
Just to be clear, although this story is about something happening to a motorhomer. I will not name them or feature a photo of them or their motorhome. I have written the story more as a precautionary tale. So that others, if they chose, can learn from someone else’s mistake. We had left Wenderholm at… Read More Ray’s Rest – The Walk Of Shame.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we had spent a few days at our new happy place Ramp Road on the Karikari peninsula. Now it was time to continue the trip north. With the chance to explore some of the more remote parts of the tip of the country. Our friends John and Gaylene… Read More Te Pua Reserve – Remote Northland
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 the attraction of the place was and why would you stay where so many others are already staying.… Read More Returning to Ray’s Rest
After leaving Tapapakanga we planned on exploring another of the Auckland regional parks, Waharau which is only really just down the road a few km’s but rather than being on the coastal side is part of the Hunua Ranges and as such the park is set into the bush. The drive between the two parks… Read More Kaiaua and Fish and Chips 😀