Returning to Ray’s Rest

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

Kaiaua and Fish and Chips 😀

After leaving Tapapakanga we planned on exploring another of the Auckland regional parks, Waharau which is only really just down the road a few kms 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 😀

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

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

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

Sssh Don’t Tell Anyone!

Three times now we have stayed at the freedom camping area, Ramp Road, on the Karikari Peninsula and each time we have heard other campers talk of the spot on the other side of the peninsula at Rangiputa as also being a great place to stay. So when it was suggested that we make the… Read More Sssh Don’t Tell Anyone!

The Recovery Ward. (Or getting better in the motorhome.)

Some places in the world like Australia they treat a 5 hour drive like you are visiting your neighbours. It’s not like that here but sometimes a journey of this magnitude is worth taking when you know that at the end the place and the people make the journey worthwhile. So it was when we… Read More The Recovery Ward. (Or getting better in the motorhome.)

How are you catching your fish today?

With Christmas fast approaching and wanting to sneak in one last holiday before the crowds descend into our favourite spots, Sarah and I headed away to join our friends Adrian and Sally at the freedom camping area at the end of Ramp Rd, Tokerau Beach on the Karikari Peninsula in the far north. We found… Read More How are you catching your fish today?