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

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 😀

Camping Auckland – Tapapakanga

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

Downtime – Keeping Busy

When I retired in 2017 I figured that would be the end of my working career but after spending 4 months in the South Island in early 2018 I returned home to find myself at something of a loss as to what to do. I looked back at what I had done over the previous… Read More Downtime – Keeping Busy

Wonderful Waikato – Little Waipa

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

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