Back to Puke and up to Waiwera Hot Pools

Sunday night was at Miranda. We managed a last dip in the hot pools at the camping ground before we left on Monday morning, then it was back to Pukekohe. We called in on Super Signs to finalise the colours for the decals – it was great to get that sorted.

There wasn’t much time for anything after that so we did a bit of shopping and headed out towards Waiuku to a Park Over Property with Bob and Janeen. This was a lovely rural property with views out across rolling country. Tuesday we were out to Waiuku to pick up the duvet cover from the interior designers.  And it looks lovely. Then it was back into Pukekohe and around to Traillite to get a few things checked out. This went well – they are very helpful. They even came up with a very good solution to making sure the shower door doesn’t come open on the road – a piece of wood wedged in the door! Very effective.

After an efternoon of sorting, we were keen to head out of town. So it was back to the motorway, and then zooming north. It is rather stressful trundling up the motorway at almost 100 kmph, so I was pleased to stop for a coffee at Dairy Flat at about 7pm. Further up there was a dumb sign that instructed ‘heavy’ traffic to exit, but we weren’t sure what constituted ‘heavy’. So we stayed on, to find at the last exit that ‘heavy’ was defined as anything over 3500kg. So we ended up going through part of Silverdale we weren’t suppoed to, but it was the fault of unhelpful signage 🙂

It wasn’t much further to the Waiwera Holiday Park, and we checked in for the night. It’s right by the beach, and after a late tea we checked out the waterfront, and the hot pools along that way as well. Today we were allowed to move to an absolute beachfront site, so we have the sea at our back window – it’s lovely. We finally made it along to the hot pools by mid-day, only to find an invasion of school kids. We left after about 90 minutes, and after lunch we went for a long walk to the lookouts in the Wendenholm Regional Park across the river.  It was great to get some exercise.

Then back to the camp by 6pm, a quick tea, and back to the hot pools – we had a day pass. It was a beautiful evening, calm and warm enough.  Now it’s time for bed with the sound of the waves close behind ….

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