Well That’s A Neat Party Trick

Earlier this year, I underwent another biopsy for my recurrent lymphoma. This involved chest surgery removing part of one rib to access the enlarged lymph node. After surgery and a suitable recovery period, we headed away to what we now know as the recovery ward aka Ramp Road, freedom camping. Sadly during winter, I developed… Read More Well That’s A Neat Party Trick

Return to 5 Mile Bay – Taupo

Leaving the National Equestrian Centre we had timed it so that we could watch the opening of the dam at Aratiatia for those that don’t know every day at 10, 12 and 2 the dam gates are opened releasing 80,000 litres of water a second. So for the 15 minutes, they are open 72 million… Read More Return to 5 Mile Bay – Taupo

Taupo -Ride on in here

Heading away on these shorter trips over winter/early spring, we always try and look at the long-range forecast to see what the weather is going to do. This time it was showing a relatively sizeable low appearing to be parked over Northland that helped us make the decision to head south on this trip. Each… Read More Taupo -Ride on in here

Surviving the Motorhome Show Part 2

In a couple of weeks, the annual NZMCA motorhome show will roll around in Hamilton giving thousands of people including us the chance to spend up to 3 days wandering around looking at the latest offerings from several different companies. This brings with it the prospect of sore feet after many hours trudging round on… Read More Surviving the Motorhome Show Part 2

The Beauty of Bland Bay

Just a few km’s back down the road from Elliot Bay is the turnoff to Bland Bay and our usual go-to destination Puriri Bay the DOC camp at the end of the road. This time however without a DOC pass the thought of paying $15 per person per night to park on a bit of… Read More The Beauty of Bland Bay

Elliot Bay – Hidden Away In Northland

  We left Brian and his boat in Whangarei, heading towards our favourite destination, the Whangaruru Harbour. For once we drove past the turn off carrying on with thoughts of checking out and staying at Elliot Bay a privately owned beach/camping area much closer to Russell than Whangarei on the Rawhiti/Russell Road. The signage is… Read More Elliot Bay – Hidden Away In Northland

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 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

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

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 really starting… 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