After 3 weeks, and 1515kms, we have made it safely home. It’s always a relief that there was no trouble with the car, the caravan, or other drivers! Our last couple of days saw us leaving Taupo and stopping at Waiouru for lunch. The National Army Museum is a great place to stop with plenty of room in the large carpark for caravans and campers. With a café and toilets available, as well as the marvelous museum, we often stop here for a break, and occasionally stay overnight.
A sign on the door as we entered stated “Due to recent events in Christchurch the Museum Security will be conducting bag searches”. A big burly guard did just that, it is certainly better to be safe. After lunch I took a wander around the grounds. The tanks out on the front grounds are a magnet for kids to clamber all over them.
Tanks outside the National Army Museum
Mt Ruapehu was looking great as we drove along
Our last stop on this trip was at Taihape - a lovely property had a previous life as a Catholic School and now welcome self contained campers. We camped in the playing field, surrounded by lots of lovely large trees, and enjoyed sitting outside in the late afternoon sunshine. It was rather chilly overnight with the temperature dropping quite low.
Staying at Taihape overnight
After a leisurely breakfast it didn’t take too long to hook up and make our way to the local dump station. Then on the road again for the last part of the journey arriving home in time for a late lunch. The caravan was unpacked, the fridge got a good clean, and a load of laundry was soon in the machine. As the temperatures are dropping I found it rather chilly in bed with summer cotton sheets while we were away. That has now been rectified – we now have nice cozy winter sheets on the bed, and my winter caravan quilt. That should keep me warmer on our next trip.
Ready for our next trip away.