Category: Two of us


Port Fairy to Melbourne is about 3.5 to 4 hours of driving. We had no need reach Melbourne earlier than 5 pm so we had time to spare for exploring on the way. There was […]

Port Fairy

There was no motel breakfast this morning so we checked out as soon as we were ready for the day. At 8:00 am the temperature was already 30° C and, despite being overcast and windy, […]

Apollo Bay

Breakfast was included in our tariff at Point Lonsdale Guest House. We had no reason to rise early so slept in a little and were ready and waiting for breakfast at 8:00 when it was […]

Point Lonsdale

This trip began with an intention to revisit the Great Ocean Road. We had last seen it in January 1979, when we drove West to East and covered most of it in a single day […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]