Category Archives: Taranaki 2021

A Stormy night with a view

I discovered that an old friend who I used to work with many years ago was not so well, so I thought I’d try and cheer him up by popping in to see him in New Plymouth.

This post is really about the wild piccies!

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Tyres on the tarmac

I checked into Belt Rd campground in New Plymouth, where I met Nadine who was holding the fort. She very kindly checked me in to a waterfront site with a view which I was a bit apprehensive about due to a wind and rain warning for that night. Very nice of her to offer me that site  though 🙂

Nice spot but a bit exposed with the forecast

I trundled off to the first of two sites she gave me to look at … the first I checked out on foot to make sure it was solid as it was grass at the top of the cliff looking out over the port. Very nice spot but I was concerned about the grass and the water with Rafe’s 4.4 tons odd. I tried parking on it and went to move back again and I basically wheel spun to get back to the tar seal road behind.. scary stuff.

Where I nearly got stuck
Perched on the hill

So a compromise was called on where I backed in a park further down the campground and kept my front wheels on the road. I could still reach the power box so all was well.

Looking out for that wild weather.
I’m not sure washing his new Merc in Salt water is a good idea.

Needless to say, I was a bit stressed after that and went to see my friend for the afternoon and it was really nice to see him.

After an hour or so, he had some other visitors so I came back to Rafe and settled down to watch the weather.  Fantastic views but it was blowing dogs off chains!

We’ve been to this park in the height of summer and its a fantastic place but it really surprised me that they had no gravel parking at all for those odd winter months where it just rains.

Nice cabins

When I returned after hearing from my friend who is a long term local was telling me that it never rains there.. Yeah right thought I!

I went for a walk to get some piccies and to have a look around.   A spectacular spot though with great views everywhere you look and not that far from the centre of New Plymouth shopping centre.

That night I woke up about three times to some huge puffs of wind buffeting Rafe around and I immediately thought of a motorhome and caravanner up on the edge of the cliff where I was supposed to go… it blew and it rained and it rocked and rolled.. amazing.

Port behind

In the morning I got up early to get back to Auckland as it was in a full lockdown!!  I did have plans to check in on an old mate in Eltham, next time!

Having been here before in better weather, it is definitely a top spot to stay.

Rafe’s Tracker map to Belt Rd Campground – Armada GPS

Peace and quiet at Otorohanga

It’s been a while since I stopped in at Otorohanga but I was on a bit of a solo mission to get to New Plymouth to catch up with an old friend.

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I didn’t have time to get into town this time to check out the Kiwiana which this town is famous for but we’ll be through here again soon I’m sure.

Great space and check out the river

We first stopped in here a couple of years ago when the NZMCA park was only new. Its a pearler being right next to the Waipa river and with the trees being bare of leaves, there is a great view right across the river to farmland beyond. The perfect outlook while you enjoy that later afternoon glass of Rose 🙂

I pulled in later in the afternoon and there was plenty of room.  I was going to try the local campground but they had a policy of a minimum charge for two, even in the middle of winter so I decided to do  without the power and settle for a nice spot by the river.

A walkway too.
The view from my window

With some high winds and plenty of rain expected, it was nice to be in behind the trees by he bank of the river too.

Nice park, nice outlook with water and rubbish collection and its interesting to see there is a choice between gravel and grass here too! Well done to those who look after it.

Rafe’s Tracker map to the NZMCA park – Armada GPS