Gadding About

Travel and travel related stuff …


Bye bye gang :-( 3

Farewell barbie last night was a feast indeed. Good tucker!! Another morning visit to the beach to kick off the day. Surf was up so a few were braving the waves – have to say I wasn’t one of them. Then everyone piled into the car and van and we all headed up to Rere Falls and Rere rock slide for the afternoon. More braveness or madness (depending on your […]


Earthquake… 2

Slept well after last night’s delish Thai curry courtesy of our fantastic hostess, Shan. Another lovely start to the day. The earth shook for us all this morning in a 5.8 Richter Scale quake (and only one of 26 to strike NZ today) – albeit for a very short while… Very weird feeling the house wobble. Anyway, everyone safe and well, no damage – some minor excitement and certain folk (who shall not be named) thinking […]


Okitu 3

Loving our little stay here in Okitu with the family. Mum and dad make some very cool art out of driftwood. Ended yesterday with a very delish bbq and lots of catching up on each other’s news. Unfortunately a tornado in Auckland meant friend’s flight was cancelled but all good for pick up and reunion this morning. Yay! After brekky it was down to the (and I think you can […]


Around the East Cape 1

The last few days driving round the East Cape have been truly wonderful. A slow cruise taking in stunning scenery. First brief stop en route to camping for the night at Te Araroa, a repeat visit to the old church at Raukokore – actually went inside this time and very glad we did, it’s a beautiful little place. Apparently there is a family of penguins nesting under the baptismal font… […]


Tararewa Falls 3

A reasonably long drive to Whakatane from Waihi Beach where the wind and rain had set in big time  so I didn’t manage to get in a walk except to the fush n chups shop. We set off early via a brekky stop in Mount Manganui then it was forward, onward to get some info from the very helpful folk at the Whakatane i site. Equipped with directions we made […]


We’re on the road 3

Had a lovely Friday night in Auckland eating a meal and catching up with an old friend. Next morning, picked up the van and we were on our way. First stop Coramandel. Caught up with another friend Robyn who owns/runs the beautiful Jacaranda Lodge a fabulous b n b where I stayed the last time I was round these parts. After a cuppa and a long chat we headed up […]


Another scorcher

Last full day here in OZ got off to a very sweaty start with another early morning sesh at the gym. Afraid I ratted on my erstwhile hostess for being a bad girl last night and suggested her trainer showed her no mercy. Stupid me forgot that would mean no mercy for me either. After such punishing treatment on such a beautiful hot day, what more could we do but […]


Snake watch update 3

Ok I realise that I’m in danger of becoming slightly obsessed here but these serpents are starting to take over the world. The earlier snake seems to have phoned a friend…Perhaps it’s the music they like (now playing Back to Mine Krafty Kuts which is kinda funky and they did seem to be dancing with each other). This is the third time I’ve stayed here in over 10 years – […]


F**k me another serpentine visitor!

So we’re sitting around in the evening chillin’ and listening to Deidre Cartwright and co. Tune Up Turn On Stretch Out – Sarah P on vocals and all is fab with the world. There’s been just enough light drizzle in the afternoon to cool things down a bit (been a really hot day), and bring out the wonderful scent of Eucalyptus.  I glance up at the sky which is beautiful. […]


Sunrise and the wallaby

I like to get in at least one sunrise when in foreign climes. Still suffering slightly from jet lag meant I was up with the cicadas from about 4.30 am so thought I might as well get up and see what I could see. The view from here bathed in early morning sunlight is all the more stunning. In the words of the Aussie icon Rolf Harris… “Sun arise, she […]