Category: The Taranaki road trip

It’s A Road Trip: Day Nine

Completing our Loop the Loop of the Central North Island It was a cracker day for the last of our holiday. A slight frost, steam rising from the hillsides as the sun warmed the paddocks, not a breath of wind – Joni Mitchell on the playlist, the road […]

It’s A Road Trip: Day Eight

Opunaki  to Te Kuiti: The story of a remarkable sales pitch and how there is always room for one more custard square. The small town of Piopio is about twenty-seven kilometres from Te Kuiti. What Piopio lacks in population (Wikipedia says 468 people lived there in 2001) it […]

It’s a Road Trip: Day Six

Stratford to Opunaki: A History Lesson and a Little Bit of Lit to Boot! We travelled a long way today: thirty-six kilometres. At this rate we’ll have to extend our holiday by another week.The good news is that the weather on this side of Mt Taranaki is warmer […]

It’s a Road trip: Day Four

  The Forgotten World Highway: Taumarunui to Whangamomona Highway 43 takes  you through heartland New Zealand. It’s remote. There’s no petrol station, no shops. We allowed ourselves a day and a half for a drive that, without stops, should take around two and half hours. Kilometres travelled: 87 Time […]

It’s a Road Trip: Day Three

In which the shearing capital of the world is bypassed and pride goes before a fall. Te Kuiti didn’t get much of a look-in today. We filled up there, petrol tank as well as stomachs, and moved on. The day was all about the Waitomo Caves. They are […]

It’s a Road Trip: Day Two.

The Gumboot Capital of The World to the Shearing Capital  of The World via the Desert Road. That was the plan. Except we didn’t get as far as Te Kuiti. We got a bit distracted. And what distracted us was the iconic volcanoes, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe;  the two […]

It’s a road trip

Day One : Art Deco To Gumboot Capital of the World.   Instead of going troppo we’ve gone over The Annie to the Gumboot Capital of The World. Why? Because  we can. Because it’s off the beaten track. And, most importantly, it’s a road like no other. And […]