A Travellerspoint blog

March 2019

Raglan to Auckland via Hamilton

North Island

We drove towards Hamilton and went for a look around the city. It’s quite nice but if you had to miss something out then I would miss this out.

From here we drove west to Raglan which is a surfers town and I have been here before and remembered loving it. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great but we still got a feel for the town, it has nice shops and cafes. We drove to the famous surf beach and watched the surfers for a bit then camped in the town.

We then drove to Auckland, we drove around the town and then we went to watch some cricket and then to Ponsonby (a nice part of the city) for a drink. We met our friend Emily once she had finished work and went out in the city for food and beers.

The next day she was setting up an under 20’s warriors rugby league game so we went to watch that. We then picked Luke our other friend up from the airport in the afternoon. He had been in oz visiting family and friends and came over for a few days. We stayed the night in Auckland as Chris had an interview the next morning so went out with Emily again for some food and few beers.

Again I forgot to take photos!! I think the north island so far has felt quite underwhelming compared to the north so nothing really stood out for me to take photos of and we haven’t camped in beatiful places, mainly car parks, so it’s not be worth taking photos out of the back of the van.

Posted by Louisejhcowan 13:47 Archived in New Zealand Tagged auckland beach surf warriors rugby cricket raglan hamilton vanlife ponsonby Comments (0)

Wellington to Mokau via Mt Taranaki

North Island

We arrived in Wellington very late so just found anywhere we could to park up for the night. We parked in the city centre which meant we could get up and wander into the city for coffee in the morning.

We walked around the gardens which were a bit underwhelming to be honest but the city had a nice feel to it, lots of cafes and restaurants. We walked near the wharf and had beer watching some rowing.
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We then drove to a high point which had a great view over the city.
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We went for dinner at Logan brown which is a restaurant that one of the chefs we watched at the Marlborough food festival owns. It was really good!
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We then drove out of the city and camped near a bay about 40mins north west of the city.

We only had a few days to get to Auckland to meet our friend so the next few days were bigger drives but we tried to stop in places we wanted to see. We decided to drive via Mt Taranaki which is a big volcano.

On the way we stopped at lake but I can’t remember the name, it close to the main highway but a lovely place to hang out for a few hours.
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Mt Taranaki was pretty impressive to see but the weather wasn’t great the so we decided not to do any of the walks. We camped on a cliff that night and had a beautiful sunset.
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The next day we drove to Lake Rotokare based on a recommendation from a parking officer, she was going to give us a parking ticket but told us a good place to go instead! It’s a lake that is surrounded with a fence to keep all pests out. Volunteers run it and there are kiwis there but we didn’t see any. We walked all the way round the lake.

We continued up the west coast of the north island and stopped on the coast for the night at a rugby ground near the mouth of a river going into the sea. The sand was black and so fine, I’ve never seen sand like it but I forgot to take a photo!We fished in the river mouth but didn’t catch anything!

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