Category: Taranaki

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 […]