The free camping area at Pourerere Beach is right beside a dusty road with lots of traffic, so even though it had a nice sea view we only stayed long enough for a cup of tea.
The next beach south is at Aramoana, and it turned out to be one of the most interesting places on this section of coast. There is only space for three vehicles at the far end of the carpark, but because it is at the end of a long no-exit road we had it all to ourselves, much to our surprise.
Continue reading Te Angiangi Marine Reserve
We spent our last night in the Napier/Hastings area parked at a free camping area on Clifton Beach.
Continue reading Kairakau Beach
As we have been travelling around Hawkes Bay I have been looking longingly at the extensive network of cycle trails. Today we rode the Puketapu Loop.
Continue reading Taradale to Puketapu
Felicity and I have been visiting the world’s largest mainland gannet colony today. Continue reading Cape Kidnappers
It was drizling this morning when we woke up so we didn’t explore the area around the Lake Tutira camp. Continue reading Tongoio Falls and Napier
The seal on the back road to Napier ends soon after the Glenfalls camp, so it was a dusty drive, made worse by the occasional logging truck that made me careful to keep well to the left on the numerous blind corners. Continue reading Lake Tutira
We spent the first night of our Christmas 2014 trip at Reid’s Farm, just before Taupo. Because it is free, it was pretty crowded, especially in the nicer areas with views of the Waikato.
Continue reading Glenfalls Camp Mohaka River
Just over a century ago, there was a gold mining town called Puketui beside the Tairua River, off the Kopu – Hikuai road at the base of the Coromandel peninsular.
Continue reading Broken Hills
When Felicity told me she was planning to fly to Whangarei last Friday, I suggested that she forfeit her ticket and drive up with me in the campervan instead.
Continue reading Ngawha Springs and Wairere Boulders
If there are any Kauri left at Kauri Point we saw no sign of them. There were lots of healthy Pohutakawa and other native trees, so we enjoyed our walk anyway,
Continue reading Kauri Point
We spent Friday night at the Athenree camp ground, and enjoyed a soak in their attractive hot pool. A local artist has made a series of beautiful mosaic panels on the pool fence, depicting local bird life.
Continue reading Athenree Hot Springs
At the north end of Waihi Beach a track heads up the cliff into the bush. It is benched and almost wide enough for a vehicle, so presumably it was built for horse traffic at one time.
Continue reading Orokawa and Homunga Bays
Our choice to head south in our campervan for the weekend seems to have been a good one, judging by reports of flooding up north.
Continue reading Tapakapanga and Miranda
Judith had her last teenage party at our house on Saturday night, so Felicity and I decided it would be a good idea to be far, far away.
Continue reading Hakarimata and Waingaro
We have just returned from our first night away in the new campervan.
Continue reading Maungakawa