Sunday, 28 February 2016

Lifestyle Choices

Our last promised helpx electrics are completed and we are making our way north. It has been good to meet new people and gain an appreciation of their lifestyle choices, while at the same time helping them with their electrics, but it is now time for us to spend some time exploring our lifestyle of choice which is to travel. I'm not saying we won't be doing anymore helpx electrics, just maybe only small/short jobs with plenty of time to explore in-between.

Sunday, 7 February 2016


January again and time to 'House Sit' for 2 weeks while everyone else is on holiday. Not that I'm jealous, as the  roads are pretty busy at this time of the year and most of the freedom camping spots are pretty full. Plus it won't be long now until the last long weekend of the summer is over and all the spots will be available once more. Roll on February the 9th.

I have noticed though, that the longer we are on the road, the harder it is to go back to suburbia and 'House Sit' (AKA 'Garden Sit' or in this instance 'Drive Sit' as we were parked on the drive and slept in the landy). It only takes us a couple of days now until we start to get itchy feet again and are ready to move on -lawn mowers, traffic, loud voices, banging doors - It does make me wonder if we'll be 'Drive Sitting' again? Well not for so long any hows!

At least we had some Electrics to do to keep us busy but at the end of the day suburbia is suburbia and it doesn't matter how close to the beach you are or how pretty the suburb is they all seem the same to me.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Omokoroa Peninsula Walk

If you combine all the small walking tracks around Omokoroa Peninsula into one it gives you a good 2 to 3 hour walk. I recommend you start from the top of the golf course down Kayelene Place, as it is much easier to find the walkway from there, which curves its way along the eroding edge of the golf course. At first having unsuccessfully tried to find the track across the golf course from the opposite direction I had thought the strategically placed - No Entry- signs were protectionism by the golf club, but having seen the erosion followed by a quick read regarding walkways and the Queens Chain in NZ, I now believe the golf club are probably well within their rights to project their land and hope that they continue to enable the walkway to remain open for locals and tourists alike. Either way if you are in the area I recommend you do the walk sooner rather than later so you don't miss out.

Te Puna Quarry Park

The sign says just 45mins for the circular walk, but by the time you've taken a few detours to look at the different gardens and sculptures, probably best you give yourself a good couple of hours. Not to mention time for the big kids to play. Plus maybe an extra half an hour or so if you want to wonder down/up to the waterfall.