Some of you have asked me how we’ve planned our trip. We do have a rough plan and itinerary, but we usually only book to stay in a place a few days before we get there and kinda plan as we go! Reason behind it is that we want to leave some room for spontaneity and discovery. This was one of those places. So we picked up our campervan a few days ago in Wellington, where I met the lovely @smallacornsamanda.
I asked her for some local tips as I normally do and she said we NEED to stop in Hawke’s Bay and Napier. For some reason they were never that high on our list from reading our guide books, and wasn’t in our original plan. But after Amanda’s suggestion we decided to give it a go and stopped there. We enjoyed exploring Napier but stayed the first night in a terrible cramped holiday park (after hours and hours researching for one that had the best reviews), and decided to leave the next day. I wanted to stop off quickly at a local vineyard, which is when we found this amazing freedom camping spot. This is literally where we parked in our camper and the boys played on the beach the whole afternoon (after our cheeky wine tasting of course). We slept next to this view to the sound of the ocean waves and watched the sunrise and cooked and ate our breakfast all in this very same spot. None of the guidebooks would have told us about this place, and to me that’s what travelling is about.