Camping or Glamping?

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The weather is stunning in Martinborough – hot 26-degree days over Labour Weekend – and today Masterton began water restrictions for residents. I expect Martinborough will follow suit, as we suck our water from the same river source, though I believe that we also have access to bore water. Makes you want to get outdoors [...]

  • For those who venture up in an RV, buckle in for the ride – it is not for the faint hearted, and not recommended for caravans or larger vehicles 
Ben Ohau across the lake

The Outer Fringes of the Kingdom of Waitaki

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the temperature hovering in the mid-20s, the Navigator and I decided to head up-country for a night under the stars. Six months ago, we had camped on the shores of Lake Ohau in the Ruataniwha Conservation Park in company with a reasonably senior DOC field worker. Naturally, the issue of ‘Freedom Camping’ came into [...]

Ancient Camp-o-Matic ‘Born Again’

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When we flipped the lid on the Camp-o-matic to initiate a pre-summer test run of our famous five-second tent-pitching routine, there was a sickening, tearing sound. The ancient, faded blue canvas finally decided it had been stretched and abused enough, and it parted company from the fibreglass base on the trailer. We sat on the [...]

Secret Places

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

live by the maxim that the journey should at least equal the destination. In the 55-odd years I’ve been ploughing about the country – often without aim, plan or a map – I reckon I’ve visited every town that has over half a dozen houses and still has a shop. I love to drive along [...]