This is a relatively new park and as I was in the area, I thought it would be rude not to pop in and have a nosey.
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Its right on the main turnoff for Whitianga and just along from Countdown and opposite the Waterways so its in a great spot.
I was heading further North so didn’t stay the night but there was plenty of room with about 10 Motorhomes and Caravans there. It comes complete with Potable water at the entranceway and I’m sure I saw a rubbish bin there too.
With a river flowing around it and easy to walk through bush, this really is a lovely spot to stay.
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I dropped in out of the blue and with my NZMCA card was charged $10 with power which I thought was amazing. This included some Wifi, access to Toilets, Showers and a well set up Kitchen.
After settling down with Rafe, opening some vents and plugging in, I set off to have a look around.
I was blown away by the beauty of the bush and the river. There are quite few permanent Caravans attached to buildings set up as Baches but not many of them were occupied.
Although I could get some wifi via my Netspeed connection, it was a bit ropey and the cell phone service was erratic too. Even text messages were tough going but it is all about enjoying talking to each other and enjoying the scenery.
Only 3k’s from the Coroglen pub on a nicely formed gravel road, it is easy to get to.
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Neat Oven in the Kitchen
Great social area
One of the Bach’s
I spent a very pleasant couple of hours chatting to a couple of 20 something year old Danish Soldiers who had recently been in Afghanistan which was really interesting as my youngest son was there in NZ’s first rotation when he was 17 about 2001. They’re both travelling around NZ together in a small van.
A really nice spot, nice hosts and really good value.
This is as good as it gets without going to a tropical island and includes all the nice things that go with it.
Fiona and I first came here about 8 years or so ago when there was an accommodation deal with an apartment block next door where we could walk through a hole in the fence. It was just magic and we have often talked about when we could go again.
There is something seriously nice about sitting in the pool having cocktails and beautiful sea food chowder while you’re enjoying the heat from the thermal waters.
In December this year, they’re celebrating their 10th Anniversary so we might have to pop back in then too 🙂
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Just over 10 years or so ago, longtime Whitianga entrepreneur Alan found out he had some thermal water under his property but it was just a case of finding it. After sinking 4 bores down at huge expense, he struck gold and the Lost Spring was found. Over the course of a few years, he then set out to create what we see now as the Lost Spring Hot Pools and Restaurant.
The detail in the Caves and Volcanos with waterfalls and the Gardens are amazing and its something else to swim in and out of them.
You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a real sucker for some nice Hot Pools but these really do take the cake!
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On the Swing Bridge over the pool
Looking out of a Volcano back to the old Schoolhouse
The swing bridge
Outside the Restaurant
Part of the Restaurant (Schoolhouse)
The old Schoolhouse
Rafe in the Motorhome Parking with palms and nice things all around 🙂
Alan now runs it with his daughter Allana and it just gets better and better with the addition of a Day Spa and some elevated Massage Therapy rooms overlooking the pools.
One of the neat things here is the old Whitianga Schoolhouse was moved and restored and is now the Restaurant, Reception and changing room area.
The whole experience is a real treat and trust me, you will feel very spoiled!
If you’re in the area, this is an experience you won’t forget and remember you can park your Motorhome there if you’ve had a swim.
Update 1/1/2019: Motorhome overnight parking is no longer available.
On our way back from the South Island last year, we stopped over in Taupo for a few days to catch up with friends Gary and Dianne. Staying with them as well were other friends Ian and Lynda in their Dethleffs XLI.
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One of the common issues that we had with Ian and Lynda and our Dethleffs Motorhomes was the state of the plastic outside door handles for the Garage, the Gas Locker and vents for the heater and oven.
They were originally white but had faded with the UV light and gone a dirty yellow/creamy colour which didn’t look too flash. I’m sure this applies to many other Motorhomes and Caravans with NZ’s harsh UV light too so this might be something many of you can do to your own Motorhomes to solve this problem…. read on!!
Ian found a way to take off and strip down the door catches and with special plastic paint with primer, painted them white which looked amazing. Ian even made a spray booth out of a cardboard box so the overspray didn’t end up all over Gary’s Garage 🙂
Rafe’s handles were looking really scruffy so after talking to both Ian and Gary, I took the handles and the vent covers off. After stripping down the handles and masking the key locks, I cleaned all the bits with Sugar Soap and the sprayed them with Plastic Primer.
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Gas locker minus lock
Garage doors with the locks out of them
All the bits with clear primer dyring
My version of Ian’s spraybooth 🙂
The “drying area” with the 2nd coat
Black is beautiful 🙂
The locks back on
The Primer only takes 30 minutes before you can top coat it so it was time to make a cardboard box spraybooth 🙂
Rafe’s habitation door handles and front Fiat door handles are all black so Satin Black was the colour.
Two hours and several coats later, I reassembled the locks and stuck everything back on Rafe and it looks fantastic.
All thanks to Ian for his great idea and some tips from Gary too!
Friends Gary and Dianne have just spent 3 months Motorhoming around France and a Mediterranean Cruise so it was good to be able to catch up with them and hear all their news. We last saw them well over 6 months or so. We arranged to meet “half way” between Taupo and Auckland and that was Waihi Beach 🙂
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Several weekends ago, the grandsons Ayden and Liam came to stay the night with us. Liam left his comfy Bunbun (soft toy rabbit) behind so we needed to stop in at their place in Ardmore on the way and drop them off. We haven’t seen son and daughter in law Alex and Sarah much lately so it was nice to see them for the night.
We set off for Waihi Beach NZMCA park early the next morning and stopped at Ngatea for a Latte, as you do and while sitting in the sun, I received a call from Tracey to say she would highly likely have an offer for our house by the following morning… WOW .. after the best part of a year in trying to sell it.
So with that start to the day, we were off fizzing through the Karangahake Gorge and into Waihi Beach.
I expected the NZMCA park to pretty full but there was only a hand full of caravans and Motorhomes scattered around the outside when we arrived. The weather was stunning so we sat outside and had cups of tea until Gary and Dianne arrived in the Neismann & Bischoff.
More phone calls arrived and with confirmation that an offer was coming and what it was, we knew we had something to celebrate 🙂 .. and celebrate we did. Fiona even had two bottles of cider !!
It was really nice to hear some of the highlights of Gary and Diannes trip and some of the places they stayed at in France and good to catch up too.
In the morning, we spent most of the morning with phone calls and sending and receiving documents and by late afternoon, it was in the bag! A great day..SOLD .. cash unconditional too!
The next day.. more fine weather and we set off on the bikes into Waihi Beach shops to get some groceries from the 4 square which is about 1 k away. An easy flat ride.
Another nice day in the sun. Later that day Robin and Linda who recently sold their house in Waihi and bought a Morelo that they’re now living in, popped in to say hi and later joined us for a drink. Really nice to see them too.
After they went, Gary and I walked down the road to the local Fish and Chip shop to hunt and forage for tea and the girls were very happy with the result.. complete with Oysters and Scallops 🙂
The NZMCA park is a great addition to the park network and is very hand to the beach, shops and there is a Cafe right next door too, and don’t forget the Fish and Chips!
A neat weekend and great to see everyone.
The Netspeed Speedtest
Every year this is an event I look forward to and we missed it last year as we were in the South Island. This year it was held at Zion Motorhomes new premises at Pokeno rather than the usual Rally somewhere.
As the Rally this year was at The A&P Showgrounds at Pukekohe next to the Racetrack, Fiona and I decided we’d go straight to Pokeno and camp outside for the night. This worked really well as we found a driveway next to the Rental fleet yard and later we were joined by three or four others. Those at the showgrounds were bussed out to Pokeno and back.
Since we bought Rafe, Jonas and Irene have added several new brands of Motorhomes to their stable. This year we were also joined by Morelo, Frankia and Niessman and Bichoff owners too.
In previous years, they’ve been held at Camping grounds and one year was at the Car Museum in Hamilton where Gary and I did the parking!
The event was well organised by the Zion crew with a couple of ladies singing and the food was fantastic.
Over the course of the night, there were some spot prizes given out. Some were drawn out of the pot and others were for answers to some easy questions.. like who’s the youngest and who had the highest NZMCA number !
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Fulltimers in their XLI, Ian and Linda having fun. Good to see them again too.
Jonas having a say.
The front half of the showroom
The Foods up
Old friends Bruce and Judy from Coromandel. They’ve got Rafes twin with the same colour too. There are only a handful of Globe4’s in NZ as they were only imported for a short time.
At the Zion Motohomes table
More at the Zion table
Down the road a bit
It was nice to see some of our old friends that we haven’t seen for a while and amazing to think that our Rafe is one of the oldest Dethleffs Motorhomes on NZ roads as Jonas only started bringing them in not long before we bought ours 🙂
A great night thanks to Jonas and team and I’m looking forward to next years.
At the recent NZMCA Motorhome show at Mystery Creek, I caught up with Phil from Carters Tyres. After 59000 k’s, Rafes tyres were down to 2mm and I needed to replace them before my next COF so I was keen to find out the ins and outs of tyres.
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One of the things I wasn’t aware of that Phil highlighted was that many Motorhomers and Caravanners weren’t really aware of the weight limits on the tyres themselves. While we are all very aware of GVM’s and Axle weights, as that is what you get fined for if you get them wrong, many of us overlook the per wheel weights on our tyres.
As Carters were weighing vehicles the next morning, I moved to where the scales were and Rafe was weighed.
Both the back wheels were 1100kg’s or within a few kg’s either side (without the bikes) and the front wheels were 970kg and 1020kgs. The Michelin Agilis tyres that I had on have a weight limit of 1250kgs per tyre so no worries there.
While I was pleased with the Michelins and how they had worn, they were expensive to replace with prices from nearly $1800 – $2000 for four, depending on who you got at the counter 🙂
Phil was telling me that the Giti company produced a truck tyre with specs similar to the Michelin for almost half the price.. the GT Radial. It has a per tyre limit of 1460kgs, has more belts in the tread to help it track really well and 10 ply on the sides which is plenty. Yippee!!
So I booked into Carters in Highbrook in Auckland and Patrick was the man weilding the tools to change my tyres.
I couldn’t get over the technology now used to change tyres. I remember when I was 17 years old odd, I worked in a service station in between photographic jobs and for a while was in the tyre bay. I remember a steel pole concreted in the ground with a circular seat half way up that held the tyre while you wrestled with a long steel pole to lever off the tyre. Lots of fun ! These days, its all pneumatics.
Back to Rafes new tyres.. Each wheel was balanced and filled up with Nitrogen and refitted to Rafe.
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Rafe on the scales
Outside the Tyre Bay
The Michelins coming off
I didn’t realise how big those rims are
One of the new Gt’s going on
Filling up with Nitrogen
Patrick did a great job on the tyres and driving home felt very different. You could really feel the extra rubber and it seemed to track better at speed on the motorway too. They also seem quieter on the road as well.
They’re definitely the place to get your tyres and NZMCA members get a really good discount too!
I’ve been wanting to park here for a while but haven’t really had a reason to come out this way until today 🙂
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One of the things I’m really allergic to is parking in Pub/Club carparks overnight and the Glenview club is not one of these. I has a completely separate Motorhome and Caravan parking area away from the main carpark for bar patrons.
There are 38 parks without power and another 12 parks with power all on well drained grass.
There is an honesty box but they’re there almost every day after 2pm. Its $15 a night without power and $20 a night with power. There is a shower and Toilets and there are meals later in the week during the evenings. There is also fresh water, a dump station with rubbish and recycling.
On a week day before a big show it was really busy. Its amazingly quiet and in a great spot right on the Waikato river opposite the Hamilton Gardens.
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I met several people in Caravans who had sold homes locally and were staying there due to work or to be close to family so there are quite a few who almost reside there longterm.
A really nice location, friendly hosts and a really quiet spot to stay.
The Netspeed Speedtest from this location