Our first night out of the house was spent at a friends Garage Forecourt in Devonport. Mark very kindly said we could stay the weekend but the first two nights away from the house were fantastic and with the remnants of a cylcone bearing down on us, it was nice to half tucked under his forecourt verandah.
We met our regular Friday night friends Alan, Grant and Robyn, just around the corner at a Bar and enjoyed some good nerve settling banter with them before joining them for a great Italian meal up by the Victoria Theatre in Devonport. Fantastic night.
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Waking up early on Saturday, Rafe’s grey tank said it was full (which it wasn’t) so a quick trip was made to the dump station at Albany and we did a complete dump and top up of fresh water so we were right for a few days. Fiona followed me in the car up to the lockup with some last minute leftovers from the Packers like vacuum cleaners and cleaning stuff to squeeze in the door 🙂 .. It is packed to the rafters literally !!
With the weather improving, we headed to Woddall Park in Narrow Neck, a well known freedom camping spot. Its interesting as one of the recent less than intelligent moments from our Council was a decision to ban Motorhomes staying at this park without any discussion. The locals however were outraged and promptly got them to reinstate the parking as the presence of Motorhomers meant the hoon element had completely dissapeared.
Fan bloody tastic ! .. A classic case of Council plonkers making arbitrary decisions and not listening.
My intermediate and High School years were spent not living very far from this beach so I know it pretty well.
Fiona lived on the beachfront reserve for a few years as it was Army housing as her dad was CO of Fort Cautley, so she was really familiar with it too.
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A lovely spot. The day we were there, there was a big day for small yacht racing out on the beach.
Its neat to watch the Dads all pitching in helping their kids rig their yachts and set them off racing.
Lovely to see them having a cuppa at the club house and waiting on the beach and helping them in too afterwards.
The pictures tell the story really but a fabulous spot for a night and great walks from here to Cheltenham and most of the way to Takapuna too.
There is also a bus stop to the ferry or to Takapuna right next to the park.
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3 thoughts on “Narrow Neck Sunshine”
Hi Chris. Beautiful area and great photos. It must have been nice growing up there. I grew up in cold country playing on snow machines and such. Much different areas. Lol
I moved into this area when I was about 11. Fiona was an Army Brat so she lived all over the place including Waiouru where it’s really cold! (Centre of the North Island) I don’t mind the cold though. It’s all about how you dress 😄
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Yes it is. Lots of layers. I grew up in cold country and loved it.
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