Journey’s end

It had to happen eventually. Four magical weeks in NZ finally come to an end. This trip included different angles on old favourite destinations (Wellington, Rawene, Waihi Beach, Taupo, Auckland), and some brand new ones (Whanganui, New Plymouth, Raglan – all worthy of future visits should the opportunity arise). After what still feels like an eternity travelling back, we’re back in the freezing cold bosom of home, in the grip […]

Lone figure on Piha Beach

Pond at Ruapuke Motor Camp, Raglan


Icing on the cake for our couple of days in Raglan was hooking up with Lynne again – (mate recently ex-London UK – as opposed to Ranana (London) on the Whanganui River Road). After a fairly long drive from New Plymouth, arrived in Raglan. En route stopped off at the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls just outside Raglan town. We’d done a fair old number of NZ waterfalls by now, Bridal […]

New Plymouth

Having a relaxing time in New Plymouth and glad to have an extra day here. Great catching up with another ex-London mate and former squash partner who returned to NZ a while back. Even managed a game of squash – my first for about 15 years. Got thrashed, but not too badly considering… Other highlights of our stay here: …Strolls along the coastal walkway which stretches for 10km… Our harbour […]

Mount Taranaki shrouded in cloud

Park near river, Whanganui town


Long, beaut drive from Taupo via the Desert Road to Whanganui. Stopped off for a few hours to take in Okahune and Whakapapa Village in Tongariro National Park for striking views of the triplets – Mts Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu, and Tongariro. A short walk from the village up the Ridge Track affords stunning views of the valley below. Got chatting to a very friendly Dutch couple who were hanging out at […]


Nice drive down from Waihi Beach to Taupo. Stopped to take in the delights of Lakes Okareka and Rotokawa – a couple of the smaller lakes between Lake Rotorua and Lakes Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Rotokakahi (Green Lake) lying side by side. Then continued up the road to the huge Lake Tarawera. The landscape around the lakes is thick with beautiful native bush – tons of ferns covering the hillsides. […]

Native bush surrounding Lake

Old boot in the sand

Waihi Beach

Had a lovely couple of nights at Waihi Beach where amongst other things it was great to catch up with another friend who whizzed over from Auckland for the day to meet us. Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park was home for our stay at Waihi Beach. Another well run outfit in a beautiful setting, a very short walk to the water. Early start from Rawene to make our way […]


Picked up camper on early on Christmas Eve and made the long and beautiful drive up to Rawene, stopping off at Trounson Kauri Park  for a stretch break wandering through a small stand of Kauri Trees. Onwards winding through the amazing Waipoua Forest, passing Opononi’s beautiful beaches. Finally arrived at Rawene Holiday Park, our stop for the next few days in the evening.  Lovely spot, well laid out site with […]


Feeding the eels


Long, long journey to get here but get here we did. Had a fabulous time in Wellington enjoying catching up with dear old friends being a major highlight of this first 5 night leg of our trip. Took things slowly the first morning (– not that we had much of a choice on account of being totally knackered by the journey n all that). Sorted out some practical stuff then […]

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The delightful film Hunt for the Wilderpeople had me in stitches much of the way through. And wishing the 3 months to my next visit to one of my favourite travel destinations in the world so far, will pass quickly (- and the time there pass lingeringly of course). Julian Dennison puts in a stellar performance as Ricky, the young wayward lad who shares his adventure in the New Zealand […]