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The north island of New Zealand – Bay of Islands, Raglan and Taupo

It’s official; we are living in a car – an old, white station wagon with an AM radio. But it’s not just any car, more like an Optimus Prime for travelers. It comes with a gas stove, a complete set of kitchen tools, bed linens, two mattresses and curtains. When it’s time to sleep, the back seats go down, a wooden insert folds over to create a makeshift platform for the mattresses with just enough room for Adam’s legs. Jealous?!

Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want, especially when you’re talking about something out of your control like the weather.  Sooo, what can you do when is cloudy and rainy, and you live in a car? Drive!

Our first stop was at the Bay of Islands. We walked around the bay and to an I-site to see all the activity options but the weather was not cooperating so we decided to move on to the next town,  Raglan.

Raglan is located on the Tasman Sea and is one of the best surf spots in the north island. The town has a laid back feel and we enjoyed our time there with coronas and a bit of sun (finally) and walked along the gorgeous, empty, black sand beaches.

Our next stop was Lake Taupo, featuring the biggest lake in New Zealand. Here we walked around the “Craters of the Moon”. This geothermal hotspot is covered in bubbling craters, fumaroles, mud pools and steam vents that make you feel like you are in a different world.

If you try sometimes… you get what you need! Although the weather wasn’t the best, we ended up really enjoying our first days on the north island and made the best of what we had in our happy transformer car!

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Comments To This Entry.
  1. James March 20, 2012 Reply

    How ironic that Adam would come full circle in living arrangements and is now living out of a car again! I hope the 2 of you are enjoying the amazing trip. Pam the photo’s are incredible.

    • Pamela March 20, 2012 Reply

      hahaha, he is a natural when it comes to living in a car for sure..can’t wait to catch up with you when we go back!

  2. danielfee March 20, 2012 Reply

    Pamela,
    If you are still in the Taupo area Huka Falls is worth a visit. It is near the Crater of the Moon.
    Dan

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