Daughter Tracey was here from her home in Surrey for a few weeks so we headed for Auckland to meet her off the plane. First stop was at a friends place in Taupo where we parked Gypsy Rover on the vacant section next door. After a wonderful evening with David and Lyn we drove north to Lake Karapiro and freedom camped at Horohoro Domain for the night.
The next morning after a wake up call from fellow members of the NZMCA (New Zealand Motor Caravan Association) who were having a church service we were off in the direction of Auckland. Our planned stop was to be Ardmore Airport before picking up Tracey on Sunday morning. We were expected at my sister Mary and Tony’s home for lunch arriving just nicely at 12.30pm. We had a lot to catch up on as Tracey was last here in 2011. Unable to park anywhere close to Mary and Tony’s for the night our plan was to head back to Ardmore. But plans are made to change and at 9pm we pulled into Pullman Park in Papakura to freedom park for the night.
Next morning we were off to Ngongotaha before the short trip to Waikite Valley Hot Pools the next morning. Tracey had originally requested Opal Hot Springs in Matamata where we had spent many happy holidays while the children were growing up. But after the great reviews on the internet our plans were to go to Waikite Valley instead as we would be passing close by on our way to Taupo.
Next stop Lava Glass and Aratiatia Rapids.