La Dolce Vita Mediterranean Motel
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We had a pretty long drive today. I started off driving with Annie navigating. We had a few comments about speed into corners and some white knuckle clasping of armrest. Obviously more work to do. In N. Z.,on the major roads, there is a suggested speed before every tight bend. Armed with this information, my navigator could subtract the suggested …
... in somebody else's and essentially it is like having a bath at home but sandy - all a bit I overrated. However it is also a good surfing beach so we got in the (surprisingly warm) water and swam in the big waves which was way more fun. Today we got a short passenger ferry to Whitianga and did a Banana boat ride, which only I managed to fall off while Angus and the two other ...
... Kuaotuno where the emergency services were at the aid of a motorcyclist who had taken a bend too fast. We stopped for tea at Whitianga overlooking a sheltered harbour. We booked tomorrow's trip in a glass bottomed boat to view marine life and the Cathedral cove.. We drove on to Whangamata to the Breakers Motel complete with personal jacuzzi and a lovely pool which I enjoyed! Close to shop so got some steak or dinner very nice! Very close to estuary and some lovely ...
... later, and we are now seasoned campervanners, and have got the daily routine down to a fine art. Highlights of our first week include; - A full day boat trip around the Bay of Islands, during which we spent time with a very playful pod of dolphins. - Possibly the best kebab I've ever tasted, in Paihia (possibly due to the New Zealand lamb) - Checking out some enormous Kauri trees on the west coast - they are huge, a bit like the baobabs of Africa, only even bigger. - Plenty of ...
... cost for two adults with caravan per night = $8.80 (well worth our annual subscription to NZMCA).
This has been a steep learning curve as it was the first long trip we have done since getting the caravan in March 2011. I'm sure we made every mistake that’s possible but learned heaps and had so much fun. Roll on the next adventure exploring the North Island.
Signing off - for now
Ros and Bruce
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