Liz Harding’s Campervan Diaries Part 2

Liz Harding’s Campervan Diaries Part 2
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We gave travel blogger, Liz Harding, the opportunity to cruise around the country in a Mighway Camper Van.

Click here to read Part 1 of her first impressions of Raglan and her time exploring all the wonders in the area.

Keep reading below as she shares Part 2 of her experience with us on the road!

From Mokau we cruised down to New Plymouth, stopping briefly to do the seaside walk and check out the museum where we learnt about an old beehive house, which has unfortunately been demolished. Sad times. The weather was also really cloudy, which meant we couldn’t see Mount Taranaki and get any carefully staged, but totally casual, photos of the summit for Instagram. Sad times x2. But we were really enjoying #CamperVanLife, so we decided to move on quickly, continuing down the coast to Cape Egmont, which I learnt is NOT the western-most point of New Zealand, or even the North Island. However there is a lighthouse there. Good times.

The next place that took us by complete surprise was Krafty Cup World in Rahotu – where we were treated to thousands of mugs hanging from trees and stacked throughout a residential garden. The dedication and passion was evident. The reasoning was not. But it was def worth the stop. They also had chickens at the backyard, which made me wonder what Rodney was up to. Looking for somewhere to camp we saw a small lake on our map and headed there in hope of a view. As it turned out Lake Rotokare is part of a completely fenced reserve, where native birds flourish as pests can’t get in. After driving through what can only be described as automated Jurassic-park-style gates, we found a very picturesque spot to camp, and finally take some “carefully staged, but totally casual” pics for Instagram.

The next day we took the Forgotten World Highway from start to finish, Stratford to Taumarunui, and were treated to some beautiful views. The stand out o this stretch, was the Republic of Whangamamona, and more specifically it’s welcome sign, as I got another great pic for Instagram, wahoo. We stopped at the local pub for lunch, where the fire was on and the notice board was full of hunting competition notices, and printed out email-chain dad jokes – you know the type.

We drove for a few more hours, then settled in Tokaanu, where we soaked in the hot pools (amazing) before camping lakeside in a parking lot with other yuppies who didn’t want to pay for a powered campsite.

The next day we hit Taupo for breakfast (Body Fuel Café, do it), watched a kid play with a drone at Huka Falls (secretly wishing it would fall in) and got ‘off the beaten track’ visiting some more lakes on our way to Rotorua. It was at this point that all the driving caught up with us, so we stayed in Rotorua for 2 nights, just relaxing.

On our way back to Auckland we stopped at the Blue Spring just outside of Putaruru, which is blue, but also has a lot of greenery growing inside it… Then before we knew it we were home, full of stories and hooked on camper van travels.

Bring on the next one.


Start planning your road trip now and pick up a camper with Mighway. You can book a tour with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company to explore these magnificent caves.