Friday, 17 April 2015

Anzac Bay, Freedom Parking at its Best!

From the top of the hill, what a view?Looking down from the top of the hill at Gypsy Rover with Anzac Bay behind.

What a beautiful spot.  While the others had opted for a couple of nights in the motor camp.  We freedom parked a couple of hundred yards further on in the local reserve. 

Anzac Bay at Bowentown was once named St George's Bay. The name was changed in January 1916 to honour those who served and fell at Gallipoli. Nearby Katikati had its  first World War One death when Harry Pritt died on his first day in action on 8 August 1915 along with other members of the Auckland Infantry 5th Reinforcements. The bay at Bowentown is said to be is a perfect miniature replica of Anzac Cove in Gallipoli.

Bowentown Freedom Camping.Bowentown Reserve just out of Waihi

Bowentown Reserve

Almost surrounded on three sides with the ocean, what a fabulous spot, our favourite so far. We were accompanied by up to a dozen other vehicles and felt completely safe.  The weather was at its best and our new battery performed beautifully.  Meanwhile the others were spied upon when we climbed to the top of the hill.

There's the other two vans!Our friends parked together at the camp just down the road.

An old Maori pa overlooking the bay.The site of an original Maori Pa on the hill overlooking the camp.

first one wayOne could see for miles from the top.

and then the otherNice little private sheltered beach nestled at the bottom of the hill.

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