Month: August 2019

Auckland & homeward

I don’t have even a single photo to brighten up this post. We were glad again of the flexibility we enjoyed when we skipped a stay in Opotiki on Wednesday. Had we stuck to plan […]
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Miranda via Hells Gate

With a day of buffer time we had decided to drive closer to Auckland and make for an easier departure day. Last night Majella identified a holiday park at Miranda Hot Springs as a suitable […]
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Awakeri

Because we skipped a night at Opotiki on Wednesday we are now a full day ahead of schedule. That will require some rethinking of plans for our remaining days but we are nothing if not […]
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Te Araroa

My plan had us staying at Te Araroa near the north-east tip of New Zealand tonight. By coincidence, after skipping Opotiki and going anti-clockwise rather than clockwise yesterday, we arrived at Te Araroa on schedule […]
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Gisborne

Plans change. I had planned to spend tonight at Opotiki on the Bay of Plenty coast. That was for no reason other than to break our journey before setting off on a clockwise drive around […]
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Waikite

Our destination for today was Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. The campsites there include access to the thermal pools which I knew Majella would enjoy. The shortest/fastest route suggested by our navigation aids was around the […]
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Ruapehu

On our 2010 trip we drove south from Otorohanga along the west edge of the Tongariro National Park and on to Whanganui. Later on that trip we stayed at Taupo and viewed the mountains, Tongariro, […]
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Taranaki

My plan for today had been based on spending last night in the Mokau area, a couple of hours further down the road than we had been able to make it last night. Inevitably that […]
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Grey nomads

Today was our transition from quality accommodation in Queenstown to life on the road in a campervan. My plan was to fly to Auckland, pick up our campervan from Britz around midday and drive about […]
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Cardrona and beyond

Today was our second bookend day intended to buffer our trip to Doubtful Sound yesterday. We had no firm plans though I had penciled in a trip to Wanaka and we had an invitation to […]
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