Recently we were lucky enough to take a TrailLite motorhome away for a few days. We’re not ones to pass up an opportunity so we were determined to get to the tip of the North Island our destination – Ninety Mile Beach.
Whilst driving up it was great to wave out to fellow TrailLiters and there were so many of them on the road.
We were tempted to find a DOC camp along the way, however as we had only hired a campervan before we played it safe and headed for a camp site. We made good time with a slight detour along the way to stock up at the supermarket. It was just about lunchtime so we veered off the main road and found a stunning secluded site down West Coast Road in Awanui; the initial reaction at reception was a very relaxed environment, this appealed so we made it home for our 3 nights. It worked out at $35 per night, which we thought was pretty damn good considering we had an 8m luxurious motorhome with all the facilities of a very modern hotel plus it was a long weekend and we had incredible sea views – had we taken our car, found a luxury hotel by the beach we certainly would have paid a LOT more than $35 per night!
While driving past other campervans to our chosen site they gazed at us in awe… and when we were set up we found some curious people wanting to view the inside (to be honest I was blown away by how much interest we had). Of course we had great pleasure showing them around and at one stage I even found myself in selling mode!
I had nothing but praise for such a wonderfully built motorhome and I was honestly very proud to say it is me who works at TrailLite.
So after a long day travelling and spending an hour or so showcasing our motorhome it was time for a well-earned rest. The sun was beaming down, our awning was out, steak sizzling on the external BBQ and relaxing music playing through the outside speakers – we surely were in heaven – this is the life!
Before we knew it, it was a new day.
We did our checks, started the engine and headed up to Cape Reinga (it literally took us 5 minutes to be ready while fellow campers were still packing up their cars – the bonus of having it all in a motorhome).
We found the 100km journey to be a very pleasant drive, in fact it was amazing to see how many people were actually up there. We had no problem finding a place to park; we sat back with a coffee and admired the million dollar sea views before walking to the iconic lighthouse. It truly is a magical place where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, a wild piece of water to witness and I can see why it is part of the 101 must do’s for kiwis.