Brian buy’s a Dinghy

Getting out and about around the country gives you the chance to meet various people in all sorts of different places. We had just arrived in Middlemarch from where we planned to ride the Otago Rail Trail as part of our South Island tour. We had pulled in behind a large bus and got chatting… Read More Brian buy’s a Dinghy

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 😀

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

Nipping into Napier

After spending 3 nights at Whakaipo Bay it was time to move onto another destination with the aim of this trip to head towards the Wairarapa and the beaches along the eastern shoreline the next logical step was to overnight in Napier. We had visited a couple of freedom camping spots last year and had… Read More Nipping into Napier

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.)

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

Camping in Wenderholm

It seems like a lifetime ago that we last managed to get away in the motorhome when in reality it’s only been a couple of months. We decided that we would leave the camp grounds to the holidaymakers during the height of summer and then I was called in early January for what I thought… Read More Camping in Wenderholm

Swapping your Home for a Motorhome

Although we don’t live on the road in our motorhome we have over the last year spent probably over half the year on the road in ours and during that time we have met a large number of people who do live full time on the road. Some of these people have sold their house… Read More Swapping your Home for a Motorhome