Beach Hop 2015

It was a bring the brolly Beach Hop this year and the changeable weather had an impact on the number of spectators at the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. We found it a lot easier to find a space to watch the vehicles rumble by than we did last year.

Krusnn in the Grand Parade

Krusnn in the Grand Parade

Grand Parade

Grand Parade

Grand Parade - thunder on the road and

Grand Parade

We arrived in Whangamata on Friday to see the Thunder Cruise to Onemana Beach. We followed the lead of all those parked along the route to watch the convoy.

Waiting for the Thunder Cruise convoy

Waiting for the Thunder Cruise convoy

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Beach Hop 2015 – Cool Caravans

Wet weather didn’t deter caravan owners from attending the annual Retro Caravan Show at Beach Hop in Whangamata. Around 100 cool caravans were on show, here’s a sweet selection …..

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015


Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan

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Soak and Stay at Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

We were squatters at Hot Water Beach, a puncture and repair job in nearby Whitianga stole most of our soaking, and all of our digging time. We arrived spadeless and hoping for an abandoned hot pool. The sea had already started its push toward the high tide mark and fortunately for us some people had dug their free spa and moved on.

Abandoned pools

Abandoned pools

We sat in a big hot puddle and watched fierce waves in the distance. The waves would eventually wash away all evidence that we were here, in a hot pool of water surrounded by foreign accents … Read the rest

Gumboot Dogs & Porkies at The Waterworks

Before you get to The Waterworks you’re probably going to see some free range pigs, if you stop they will run after you and expect food. Don’t be meanies like us and stop empty handed, slices of bread will do.

Free range pigs in hot pursuit

Free range pigs in hot pursuit

All sorts of stuff has been recycled or reused to create The Waterworks including potties, broken sunglasses, and pots and pans. A giant water powered music box has been made out of old car parts and butter knives, and dogs are made out of gumboots. There’s a decent dollop of humour in the park … Read the rest

Butterfly & Orchid Garden in Thames

It’s not a flash place the Butterfly & Orchid Garden in Thames, and don’t be put off if you get an unenthusiastic welcome from the cranky guy who runs the onsite holiday park. There is a garden full of butterflies waiting to cheer you up.

Nature's work

Nature’s work

It would be a hard job counting them but a sign says there are around 400 butterflies in the house. Given that a butterfly flutters around for generally less than a month, around 500 are bred onsite every four weeks. Another 500 or so come in chrysalis form from Asia, South America and … Read the rest

Beach Hop 2014

Hot rod, classic car, motorbike, and cool caravan nirvana – Beach Hop, Whangamata. Was it the biggest Saturday crowd ever at the Grand Parade? It certainly felt like it.

The CROWD at the Grand Parade - there are cars in there somewhere

The CROWD at the Grand Parade – there are cars in there somewhere

The sun was shining and so were the cars as they rolled through the streets lined with thousands of hot rod enthusiasts. Given the crowd I took my chance to head to the Retro Caravan Show. The show was the biggest yet with around 85 vans on display. The cool caravans included Betty who crossed the … Read the rest

Beach Hop 2014 – Cool Caravans

More cool caravans from the Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show in Whangamata ……..

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Pretty in pink - Betty, she's part of the team at Vintage Caravan Magazine, sponsors of the Retro Caravan Show 2014

Pretty in pink – Betty. Betty’s part of the team at Vintage Caravan Magazine, sponsors of the Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2014.

Claris is featured in the March/April edition of Vintage Caravan Magazine

Claris is featured in the March/April edition of Vintage Caravan Magazine.

A well deserved rest for this friendly couple who worked until Friday night to get their  1982 Pinto ready for Saturday's show - she's a sweetie

A well deserved rest for this friendly couple who worked until Friday night to get their 1982 Pinto ready for Saturday’s show – she’s a sweetie.

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