We have headed away for a few days to join some friends of ours for a weekend of revelry. Details of which I will cover in an upcoming blog, firstly we have a couple of stops to make along the way. One of the great things about being a member of several different Facebook groups… Read More Matamata -Resting At The Museum.
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 of… Read More Pahi – Camp on the Waters Edge
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
After having had our “blobby” day at the Cape Egmont Boating club it was time to head off towards the next destination on our motorhome safari. Dave the safari leader had almost been insistent that a stop to view the Maui gas processing plant was on the must do list. So a few kms up… Read More Staying at the NZMCA Park Hawera
It was time to move on from the TSB Arena to our next destination, the gardens of Pukeiti located on the foothills of the mountain. However as their carpark is not really designed for 11 motorhomes arriving and staying at the same time as well as all the other people visiting the gardens during the… Read More Mountains, Museums and Gardens.
Packing up from the Mangakawa Scenic Reserve, Sarah was pleased to be moving on. Even though it was a very pretty place it wasn’t the best night. You can read what happened on this blog. With the next stop to be the freedom camping area at Tongaporutu Bridge but first there were some stops to… Read More Freedom Camping At The Three Sisters
Earlier this year, I was approached by the media manager of Landmarks NZ who asked if I could visit some of the properties in Northland that they are charged with promoting and write about them in my blog. This seemed like an excellent excuse to visit some places that we haven’t been to, so I… Read More A Tour Of Historic Northland
Our final stop on our tour of historic sites around Northland was the Ruapekapeka Pa site 6 kms off the State Highway 10 just south of Kawakawa and another one of those turn off’s to a historic site that I have driven past numerous times without thought of stopping. This visit is to the fifth… Read More Last Stop On The Tour
I wonder how many times I have driven to Kerikeri and beyond along State Highway 10 or north to Kaitaia on State Highway 1 and driven past the signs that point to the Waimate Mission just a few kms up the road. Thinking to myself that one day I must go there but in reality… Read More Te Waimate to Whangaruru
Imagine standing on the front porch of your house looking out over the harbour to see 400 waka beached along the shore and 4000 Maori standing in your front garden. This would have been the case had you been at the Mangungu Mission on February 12th 1840 for the largest single signing of the Treaty… Read More Mangungu Mission and Horeke