|The view over Whangarei after a steep and hot climb to the viewpoint|
Day 2 saw a long drive down through Auckland and on to a DOC campsite 40km NW of Tauranga at a place called Dickey Flat. S12NZ (vs $40NZ at the holiday park) gets us the use of a level site, two 'long-drop' composting toilets and the beautiful river for (a) washing and (b) drinking water. It's a beautiful spot and totally peaceful. After an excellent stir-fry beef supper we slept well; we're glad to report that the tent is very comfy and we're getting quite slick at putting it up even after just two days.
|The Dickey Flat camp (with long-drop loos to the far left, to remind us of Glastonbury Festival )|
|The Camping Car in action. The table is actually a standard Honda fitment which normally forms the boot floor|
From here we'll continue south to get to Wellington for the ferry to South Island on the 8th; we'll add some updates when we have good photos to share and as and when we have internet access (we didn't bring the satellite phone with us!).