Leaving Waiotapu, I decided to take the road through the mountains of the Huiarau Range, past Lake Waikaremoana. All was easy until shortly after Te Wahiti. When I stopped for a coffee, 3 hours later at Aniwaniwa, the lovely Maori lady’s comment said it all. “You came over in that?” pointing at the camper. “That’s good eh!” Big smile! I pressed… Continue reading Napier or bust!
Bloody hell, I was just about to call it a day. All jolly interesting and sulphurous pooly, when Colours, steam and the stink of sulphur. I expected my old mate, PAN, to saunter round the corner at every turn. A before and after from the day also Off to somewhere else unpronounceable on a… Continue reading WAIOTAPU-Geothermal wonderland
A walk to New Chums Beach (a local secret – thanks for the nod, Warren and Sandy) – Robinson Crusoe stuff after a – dune topping, estuary wading, beach tramping and muddy path over the mountain track walking, hour or so. Duck through the overhanging trees to………… Bloody Fabulous. A lost world. Lovely afternoon light… Continue reading New Chums and Green Water Thinking!
Culling the local wild pigs (boars only are targeted to keep the population down) is a Hunt, with dogs in the old tradition of land and animal management although you may not like the images, it’s part and parcel of the way of life on the Coromandel Peninsula, and is indeed a big family Sunday day out… Continue reading The Pig Hunt
g “wish you were here” from Coromandel, Arriving in the Coromandel Peninsula as the sun set was an auspicious start. Coromandel town is laid back and colonial and I had a good feeling for the place as I settled in to the TOP 10 caravan park. Next morning I headed out – up the 309.… Continue reading Stewie and the Pigs
On the way to Cape Reinga I stopped for some fish’n’chips. Seeing this guy waiting I thought it had to be super-fresh, and I wasn’t disappointed…. The furthest I could possible get to overnight up in the north island was Spirits Bay. 27km of dirt road led down to the beach and I went for a… Continue reading The Spirits were having a laugh
Campervanned out of Auckland asap after picking up at Wilderness Campers, near the airport, and I cant recommend them enough. Headed for my first ‘campable app’ find – and arrived at sunset at Acorn Cottage, in McLeod Bay. Peter was away but his daughter, Aimee, her husband Shaun and family gave me the full welcome, tour on Saturday morning, then lunch –… Continue reading New friends at Whangerei heads.