Classic cars and hot rods rolled into Waihi this morning for the start of Beach Hop 2017. Seddon Street was petrolhead HQ and it was bumper to bumper car candy …..
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.
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.… Read the rest
Some of the wicked wheels seen cruising Port Road in Whangamata and in the Grand Parade at Beach Hop.
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 …..
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
More cool caravans from the Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show in Whangamata ……..
Some of the wicked wheels seen on the streets and lawns of Whangamata on Saturday during Beach Hop ….