• What a welcome – Whitianga’s entrance signage

Whitianga – A Great Escape

June 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Three days after the hugely successful Whitianga Summer Concert in which Bonnie Tyler, Alan Parsons and Icehouse played to a sell-out crowd of some 15,000 on Anniversary weekend, the town billboards had already been changed to promote the Queen’s Birthday weekend Mercury Music Festival. So, when the town entrance sign says “Whitianga – enjoy”, that’s [...]

Sleek and Sexy

June 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

I first heard of this new model range coming into New Zealand at the March Covi motorhome show in Auckland, where Rob Axton had brochures on the three models he has sourced from the UK dealer principal. The interior ‘marine’ theme with Italian design styles is very attractive, and Rob has selected just three models [...]

Big Sky Country

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

In our early 60s, in that heady zone between children and grandchildren, we’ve lately developed irresponsible nomadic tendencies that worry our adult daughters. It’s a classic case of role reversal – we get texts from Sophie and Bridget urging us to be careful and report in at the end of the day. They are working [...]

  • Goats once lived on Goat Island

A Sanctuary for Marine Life

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

One-and-a-half hours north of Auckland on the East Coast near Leigh is an area rich with snapper swimming among seaweed forests, anemones and sponges. The thriving underwater world at Goat Island has been protected since the creation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve in 1975. The idea of protecting unique areas of coastline with marine [...]

Beach Hop Winner

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Alex Ross is a man who likes to get things right, a man for whom attention to detail is everything. It’s a philosophy that has guided many aspects of his personal and working life (he currently owns and operates a catering service). 
Evidence of this can be gleaned from the garden that surrounds his Auckland [...]

Bye Bye Wakerley, Hello Allisee

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

There were three things my husband would never consider doing; and what do you know, he is now an expert on all three. The first of these detestable things was motorhoming, the second was going on a cruise and the third was cycling. Some years ago, after being talked around on the motorhoming front, he [...]

  • Da papa, Rona and me. Now we’re having fun dad was saying - what does that even mean I wonder

A Big Road Trip

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hi there, woof woof! It has been an exciting time for me recently – we have been on a big trip in the motorhome woof woof. I was so happy woof when my biscuits and bed were taken out and I knew I was going too. I wasn’t so happy when my seat was taken [...]

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