Camped in Napier a few days over the holiday season, enjoying the friendly town and the ‘fab’ scenery.
HOT WATER BEACH
Great place to relax in hot mud or hot water as indicated by the number of tourists drawn here from distant lands!
Never a boring drive and always fabulous scenery!
Everyone we met advised us to see the Coramandel peninsula for awesome scenery—so we went but poor weather conditions, low-lying clouds, and road construction combined to make the journey rather, ah, unpleasant to say the least!
Farther north on the east coast, strong winds kept us parked for days—an eternity in a small van! Ventured out but returned promptly as a high-top van is no match to gale force winds!
PAIHIA – BAY OF ISLANDS
This beauty locale usually teems with boaters and tourists due to the many nearby islands. Our visit, however, was spent as shut-ins as rain dampened (!) any outdoor activity. Depressed to the point of seeking advice from a travel agent regarding FIJI—desperately seeking sunshine. Flight schedules were awkward and expensive so Fiji was shelved, and our road trip resumed.