Category Archives: South Island 2019

Anzacs at Marton

After checking in at the Marton NZMCA parking area, I went for a wander around with the camera.

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Great Parking

Marton is probably the only NZMCA park with Loos and a shower which is nice and the check in room is huge and there is plenty of room to relax if there is bad weather and you want a break from your Motorhome.

Down in the corner

We last stayed here with friends Chris and Gary a couple of years ago but the improvements just keep coming.

The parks are now all nicely marked with plenty of nicely planted areas to enjoy.

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Right next door to this park is one of Marton’s big reserves with a Monument to our fallen heroes and a rugby field next door. The gardens around are lovely with a nice grove of trees filtering the light as you enter the park.

Nice light next door

The crosses for our fallen soldiers were all in place and there were some amazing metallic Poppies around the trees and on the banks, just as a finishing touch.

Guarded by the Magpie

A great setup and with Fiona and I both coming from huge Army families, it was really nice to see the town was so well setup for Anzac Day.

The Netspeed Speedtest
Download: 64.25 Mbps
Upload: 19.33 Mbps
Ping: 55ms

Rafe’s Tracker Map

 

Heading South

After two months at the Takapuna Motorcamp during some amazing weather, and driveways and friends places inbetween, it was time for a change of scene.

We had always planned to go to the South Island while we were “homeless” and with Devonport prices flat, there’s every chance they ‘ll get flatter during winter 🙂

The plan was to shoot a Photographic job for a really good client I’ve had for more than 25 years in the middle of may, and to catch up with friends in Cromwell and Gary and Dianne in Taupo on the way down and back.

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Close up inspection of Rafe

We spent our last night at Ardmore with Alex, Sarah and the grandsons parked next to the horses and early the next day, we set off to Taupo. It was an uneventful easy trip and we seemed to miss most of the Easter traffic too.

Parked in Taupo

Arriving in Taupo, I texted friends Gary and Di who were just arriving back from a holiday overseas that day to see if they were up to a drink and catchup and got an immediate reply to say they were now screaming through Tirau and would be here soon.

We had a great night catching up with them, hearing about their travels in Thailand and early the next day, we set off towards Marton.

A seaplane taking off on Lake Taupo

We stopped for lunch right in the middle of the Desert Rd  and I though out of curiosity, I’d try our Netspeed connection and I was gobsmacked to get around 50 plus Megabytes a second.. huge! .. miles from anywhere !

Ngaruahoe
Rafe and Ruapehu

After a pleasant trip through Waiouru and Taihape, we arrived at Marton and settled in for the night.

The Netspeed Speedtest
Download: 56.03 Mbps
Upload: 29.33 Mbps
Ping: 58 ms

Rafe’s Tracker map