After the lockdown, we were itching to get away.
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Fiona had arranged time off for work and for me having a gap between jobs, it was time to get out in some fresh air. After packing Rafe, topping up with water and loading food and clothes in, we were away. We decided we’d stay in over Queens Birthday so we could take advantage of some of the Camp Saver deals.
Down the southern motorway with very little traffic and onto the amazing new Huntly bypass. This was our first time over it as it was finished just before lockdown. What a big saving in time and easy to get through. Now we just need a real bypass for Hamilton.
It has been a long time since I have driven around the lakes by Rotoiti, Rotoetu and Rotoma. Despite the weather being a miserable, it was an easy drive through.
It has also been a while since either of us had been over to Whakatane we headed out towards Awakeri Hot springs. With over 100 powered sites and at a really reasonable rate and now the weather is colder, this seemed very sensible being close to a hot pool. 🙂
Arriving mid afternoon, we plugged in and settled Rafe and headed for the pool. Within minutes we had met some people some people also from Auckland who were doing just what we were, escaping after the Covid lockdown and they also had limited time so were counting the days away.
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Its a lovely spot and only 12 k’s from Whakatane.
The next morning, after another swim in the pool, we headed into Whakatane for some groceries and a bit of a look around.
Back to the camp, we headed for the pool.
A lovely park, some nice people running it. The free Wi-Fi didn’t really happen but there were so many other nice things about this park, it didn’t matter. Great pools and spotlessly clean. We’ll be back.