2017 New Zealand travel blog

Martin's Bay Camp

Martin's Bay

September 2, 2017

Woke up to rain. We are trying to establish a routine morning rhythm as we have in our home rig. Usually I can start the coffee and it will be brewed by the time I have showered etc. We have a French coffee press so that process doesn’t work. I know it seems hard to believe given a small space but I could not find the toaster that we should have had. So I opted for cereal, cottage cheese and fruit. I then could not find the cereals that I know I bought! We decided to go to the café near the camp for breakfast in that the coffee was cold. It would have cost us $50 for breakfast so we opted for a scone and savory pastry to go with coffee. I found the cereals in one of our hanging bags. LOL!!!

We are not going far today with the hope of doing more shopping for various things that we don’t have in the rig that would make life easier and to lay in a couple of meals AND to become more familiar with driving on the left. We really miss having a regular oven as I don’t really know how to cook meals with a microwave. We first went to the Milford Mall which had a Warehouse to find a cooler bag, bungies, rubber bands, wine glasses ( the ones we have hold maybe an ounce!) and other sundries. The Warehouse is not as good as a Kmart. But we found the Count Down which was a huge grocery store. We have been surprised to find that NZ food prices are not inexpensive. A small jar of honey was $13 and 2 ordinary small chicken breasts were $14. The Sonoma Market is spoiling us!!!

We finally got on the road about 11:30. We were headed towards Puhoi that had been a shout out from the Radicans. We drove north along the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park on SH1 until we would have paid a toll at exit 398, Orewa. Had lunch in a park in Waiwera. Smelled like sewage as was agreed by a Kiwi on a motorcycle but nice view!

Short ride to Puhoi, a Bohemian quaint village. In 1863 around 200 German-speaking immigrants from the present Czech Republic settled then in what was dense bush. There was a small hotel with pub circa 1879, trading post and French gift shop! We bought some renowned Puhoi Valley cheese (cheddar) .

We then drove on two lane roads through the country to Martins Bay. There are few spots for itinerants like us in the off season at this holiday park! But we are on the beach front with very few campers in residence. Took a walk on the beach but the tide came in cutting it short.

We are slowly getting ourselves settled in with figuring out where various things should be stored for proper access. Bob is able to get his NYT and email making him very happy. Very peaceful in camp pretty much by ourselves so life is GOOD!

Tonight we are having spicy baked creole shrimp (in the microwave vs. oven), avocado salad and bread. 2016 Fickle Mistress from the Central Otago Valley pinot. All screw top wines!

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