Saturday, October 3, 2015

A visit to Tiritiri Maatangi Island

The island is a pest free scientific reserve and is home to many native species of flora and fauna as well as birds. It is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world and is also referred to as the "Treasure Island".

Time to get there : 
A  little over an hour by ferry  - Fuller's 360 Discovery
The ferry starts at 9am and returns at 3:30pm on the same day. There is an option to stay the night, which will require a booking at the bunkhouse.

Cost : 
70 NZD for return fare for a person on the ferry plus extra for coffee and snacks. Add on the cost for lunch. We carried a home cooked meal.

What to wear :
Comfortable clothes depending on the weather. Layer up would be my recommendation. It gets a bit cold on the ferry and when exposed to the sea at the beach in winter/spring.
Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes - can get slushy in some parts especially if after a rain.

Things to carry :
* Sufficient Drinking Water - there is water available at the store
* Lunch - packed in a sealed container - to deter rodents and other pests
* Snacks
* Garbage bag - you must carry away all your rubbish
* A rain jacket
* Sun hat
* Sunscreen
* Good camera
* Binoculars
* Sunglasses

 If staying overnight, ensure to pack more food.

Things to do :
  • Walking
In this post I will cover the walking tracks as this is what we went there for. Along with walking, we managed to do quite a bit of bird watching as well.

The walks are suitable for all kinds of walkers and are not strenuous. There are parts which have a few steps but you can always do it at your own pace. There are numerous spots to have a wee bit of relaxation and watch the birds enjoy the birdbaths in place. There are a multitude of short walks which can be connected together to make a longer walk.

This link mentions all the walks.
  • Wattle Track - Wharf to Lighthouse - under 30 minutes. There is an option to do this on the road
  • Hobbs Beach Track - Wharf to Hobbs beach - under 10 minutes. Take in the beautiful views of Rangitoto and Auckland. Don't miss the penguin nesting boxes on the left hand side
tiritiri maatangi views
View of Rangitoto Island from Hobb's Beach

  •  Kawerau Track - Hobb's Beach to Ridge Track - under 40 minutes. A scenic walk with loads of opportunities to view some birds like saddleback, tui, wood pigeons, rifleman
  • Ridge road/track - connects from Kawerau track to the lighthouse - under 30 minutes. Most of this is on gravel road.
  • East Coast Track - about 90 minutes. This is a very scenic track with a few steep sections.  
If you have some extra time you could combine these walks for a longer walk.
  • Wattle Track - Lighthouse - Wattle Track loop track - about 1 hour
  • Hobbs Beach Track - Kawerau Track - Ridge Track - Wattle Track -  loop track  - about 3 hours

  • Kayaking 
  • Diving and Snorkelling
  • Bird watching
  • Relax on beach/Swimming
  • Shop at the store
  • Enjoy a free tea/coffee
Other things to note :
Since the island is pest free, you must ensure that all your gear is free of rodents and other pests. Brushes are provided before getting onto the ferry as well as at the concrete landing to free any lose particles on shoes.

Do try to avoid dropping food and doing your best to pick up what does fall.

History :  
Originally cleared for farming, the island was known for the light house, Tiritiri light. As years progressed, a foghorn was installed.  After more than a decade, the pastoral land has been eradicated of all pests and native trees were replanted. This helped reintroduce native species too.

east coast track
View from the East Coast Track

tiritiri light
Lighthouse area

tiritiri maatangi island walks
Another view from East Coast Track

view of rangitoto island
View of Rangitoto Island
tiritiri maatangi views
View of Rangitoto Island from Hobb's Beach

crystal clear water
Crystal clear calm waters

lighthouse tiritiri
When the clouds imitated the macrocarpa tree

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Auckland Street Eats 2014

Social media was well taken advantage of to promote this already hugely popular event. Reminders about the event started showing up on my facebook feed a month before the event.
Unfortunately, "Fabric-a-brac", another event that I was interested in was on the same day. I thought that we would be able to make it to both places, first to fabric-a-brac and then, to the street eats, but hunger got the better of me and the queues at Street Eats took up all the time, that I had to miss Fabric-a-brac.

There is no wonder why this event is not already a monumental success. The food did not fail to please, except for a few let downs. Some of the food is not really "street" food, as in, you need to use both your hands and may be look a mess as well. All of the vendors serve their food in eco friendly bowls and food cones and there are friendly people willing to come help clean away the empty bowls, though there was no lack of dustbins at the venue.

We tried the "Lamb Pita" from Ima Cuisine which was a huge let down. It was our first buy and it definitely was not worth the wait in the huge queue. The team struggled with delivering orders.  Priced at 10$, the lamb was a bit undercooked for our liking. They did have a 7$ vegetarian falafel option as well, though we did not try that one. I have heard a lot about their Shakshuka but that was not on offer at Street Eats.

Our next stop was the Belotta stall, where we had Piquollo Peppers, which was absolutely delicious and had our spirits up again. Priced at 8$, we got two pieces of peppers stuffed with delicate, delicious seafood filling topped with a smooth tomato based sauce.

From the time we had entered the venue, I knew I had to visit the Food Truck Garage. So, we next ran to join that queue downing our beers, as we were not allowed to take the beer out of Shed 10. The Beefroot Slider and the Redergize Salad were amazingly delicious and worth the 5$ each. Well worth the wait in the queue with the hot NZ sun toasting our backs. I am definitely going to buy quinoa when I am at the supermarket next to try my own version of the Redergize salad.

Our final stop was Orleans for their Key Lime Pie(lets)(5$ for two) and Fried Chicken with Waffles in a Food Cone(8$). This was just the end we needed to our lunch. Slightly sweet waffles with crispy chicken nuggets served in a food cone. That pleased the Indian in me - symbolic of the food cones made of newspaper in which we could buy roasted peanuts or the dry Indian Bhel. This queue was the largest but we ate a slice of Toto's pizza as we waited.

It was really crowded and so we booted out giving Urban Turban, Merchants of Venice, iVillage, Mexico, The Grill by Sean Connelly, Thai Street, Y Not, amongst others, a miss.

There was a DJ playing some pretty good music, face painting and an inflated kid's play area. This one happens annually and should not be missed. It gives you a chance to sample the food from some of the restaurants on the waterfront at a nominal price.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Following the father-in-law's footsteps - a movie review

A comedy drama worth watching once if you are a hard-core Dhanush fan or are missing the yesteryear Rajinikanth.

Directed by: Velraj
Amala Paul

I fell in love with Dhanush after I heard "Why this kolaveri di", though '3' failed to impress me.  However, as I started watching more of his movies and listening to more of his movie songs, including those which he has lent his voice to, even before kolaveri happened, I sensed repetition. And after seeing all the raving about Vellai Illa Patadhaari on the internet, I reluctantly agreed to watch it for our weekend movie. Listed below are what I liked and what I did not like about the movie. 

  • Comedy
  • Awareness about organ donation
  • Awareness about the sad state of affairs in the country where engineers from all other fields are forced to take up an IT job.
  • Catchy music
Dislikes :
  • Repetition - have seen most of what Dhanush had to offer in most of his other movies.
  • Repetition - have seen most of this good guy always succeeds through hardwork in almost all of Rajinikanth's movies
  • Dhanush is trying to follow in his father-in-law's footsteps by introducing a lot of "style" 
    • When he speaks out the entire dialogue about how real people struggle to climb up the ladder and are crushed by the rich kids. 
    • When he gets his cigarette lighted up from the very guy that he beat up
  •  A scrawny Dhanush beating up a group of people, including when he takes off his shirt 
  • The same Dhanush who could remember that the next door girl lied about him lying drunk on the street can't remember that the same girl had said that she liked "Raghu" to "Karthik".. Aaargghhhh!!
  • Music seems repetitive too though it is catchy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Road trip - ChristChurch to ChristChurch - a review of food, accomodation and activities with some trivia

Going on a holiday and making the most out of it, requires a lot of time spent on research. Our main intention was to explore the South Island by road and do as many side walking trails as possible.

A lot of sites have itineraries for road trips across the South Island but don't really mention the activities or the amount of time that one could have to do a little bit of exploring - may be on foot or activities (you are in the adventure capital of the world).

Here is the story of our first campervan trip in the South Island, New Zealand, with what we did and could do and what we could not or did not want to do. We did end up rushing the last few days - after day 9.

Trip details - Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Oamaru - Dunedin - The Catlins - Invercargill - Bluff - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Glenorchy - Arrowtown - Wanaka - Glaciers - Hokitika - Christchurch
Day 1 : Auckland to Lake Tekapo
Day 2 : Lake Tekapo to Oamaru
Day 3 : Oamaru to Dunedin
Day 4: Dunedin to Invercargill.
Day 5: Invercargill to Milford Sound via Te Anau
Day 6: Milford Sound to Queenstown via Te Anau
Day 7 : Exploring Queenstown
Day 8 : Queenstown to Wanaka
Day 9 : Wanaka to Hokitika via the glaciers
Day 10 : Hokitika to Christchurch
Day 11 : Christchurch to Auckland

Trivia :
  • Scenic Route from Christchurch upto Queenstown
  • Total kms covered by road - 2,275kms
  • 18th  April, 2014 to 28th April, 2014
  • This was quite an ambitious trip and we ended up doing nothing else but mostly driving on a couple of days
  • We could not use deals on bookme as we were not really sure of the timing and where we would be but we did manage to grab a few deals from the AA and Jasons magazines.

South Island 10 day Road Trip
Day 1 : Auckland to Lake Tekapo (1.5+3.5 hours) 
Today includes a flight to Christchurch, hiring a campervan and driving to Lake Tekapo via Ashburton and Geraldine.

Lake Tekapo gets it turquoise colour from the 'rock flour' that is dispersed in the lake. The rocks are ground by the glaciers higher up.
Lake Tekapo houses many hydro power generating stations and is also know for fishing and boating.

Background : All radio stations screaming of bad weather and road blocks.
Also, a public holiday - Good Friday so stocking up on essentials was a bit tough. Public holidays in New Zealand can make life really difficult - more so when the big super market chains close down as well.

Transport :
  • Flights from Auckland to Christchurch for 2 - 500$ - 1.5 hours
  • Campervan hire - 99$ for the day
  • Fuel charges - 64$ 
  • Christchurch to Lake Tekapo - 3.5 hours 
Food : 
  • Breakfast - Moko Cafe, Regent Street 
    • Hearty sized portions
    • Cost for 2 portions plus coffee - 24$
  • Lunch - Robbie's Bar and Bistro, Ashburton
    • Lovely ambience 
    • Friendly staff
    • Cost of 1 main and 1 beer - 25$
  • Dinner - self made sandwiches
Activities : 
  • Antartic Centre
    • Cost : 56$ per person including the Hagglund ride
    • Simulated storm not to be missed
    • Ice water competition is fun if not already tried it at Kelly Tarlton's in Auckland
    • Hagglund ride is a different experience
    • Blue penguin feeding is very informative
    • Spend about 2 hours
  • Church of the good shepherd
    • Cost : Free
    • Must visit
    • Beautiful place to walk around
    • Can spend about an hour or so walking around the lake - around the evening
  • Walk near Lake Tekapo 
    • About 45 minutes post dinner

Stuff that we missed cause of the public holiday
* Ashburton flight museum - usually open between 1pm - 3 pm
* Geraldine Vintage Car Museum

Stay :
Lake Tekapo Holiday Park and Motel
  • Price - 15$ per person for a non powered site plus 2$ for a hot shower
  • Beautiful location - only thing they got going for them
  • Nil equipment in the kitchen
  • Showers are without any proper ventilation 
  • Free BBQs
Total Cost : 875$ including some bits and odds

Day 2 : Lake Tekapo to Oamaru (2.5 hrs)
Today includes a walk up Mt. John, breakfast at the breathtakingly beautiful Astro Cafe, stocking up on supplies and heading to Oamaru to see the Blue Penguin Colony.

Transport :
Campervan hire - 99$ per day
Fuel charges - 63$
Lake Tekapo to Oamaru - 2.5 hours

Food : 
  • Breakfast - Astro Cafe
    • A sandwich and hot chocolate - 12$
    • Breathtaking views
  • Lunch
    • Boiled eggs and bread
  • Dinner
    • Grilled salmon - salmon bought at Twizel for 13$, self grilled
  • Mt. John Walkway
    • Cost - Free
    • 1.5 hours return
    • Moderate climb
    • 360 degree views of Lake Tekapo and beyond and the mountains
    • Visit Astro Cafe for a quick bite
  • Lake Pukaki Scenic Lookout and Twizel Salmon
    • Cost - Free
    • Can purchase farmed salmon
    • Lovely views
  • Walk around the Oamaru Victorian Precinct
    • Cost - free
    • About 30-45 minutes 
  • Blue Penguin Colony, Oamaru
    • Cost -  48$ for 2 - with some discount for holding a YHA membership card
    • Get educated on blue penguins
    • See the blue penguins get washed ashore while returning from feeding in the sea
    • The number of penguins that you see depends on the time of the year and your patience
    • We saw over 80 penguins
Stuff that we missed
* Night star gazing at the observatory due to bad weather
* Elephant rocks - just missed it as we were arguing and drove right past
* SteamPunk HQ

Stay : 
Waitaki Waters Holiday Park
  • 29$ for 2 people for 1 night for a non-powered site
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Friendly staff

Total Cost :  270$ including bits and odds

Day 3 : Oamaru to Dunedin (1.5 hours)
Today includes visiting the Moeraki Boulders(a natural wonder), Larnach Castle and Alan's Beach which meant driving around the Otago Peninsula. There are other paid activities such as the Yellow Penguin Place, Albatross Centre which we decided to give a miss as we thought it would be best to see the animals in the wild rather than under human influence.

Transport :
Campervan hire - 99$
Fuel - 57$
Oamaru to Dunedin - 1.5 hrs

Food : 
  •  Breakfast 
    • Self made bread and eggs
  • Lunch
    • Self made sandwiches
  • Dinner - Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
    • Cost - 59.50$ for 2 mains and 2 beer
    • Good food
    • Nice ambience
Activities :
  • Sunrise at the beach in Oamaru
    • Cost - free
    • Our first cobbled beach experience
    • Secluded except for a couple of fishermen
    • 45 minutes
  • Moeraki Boulders
    • Cost - donation of personal choice
    • A natural wonder
    • South Island's most photographed natural wonder
    • Perfectly spherical boulders made due to chemical reactions in the limestone 
    • Can also visit the cafe about which I don't have too much to say 
    • 30 minutes
  • Shag Point - Fur Seals and Sea lions in their natural habitat
    • We may have missed this one if not for the free touring map by Jasons. 
    • We saw so many fur seals up close and personal.  
    • Not too many people - looks like a best kept secret
    • 30 minutes to an hour or more
  • Larnach Castle
    • Cost - 50.40$ for two (including 10% discount coupon)
    • Lovely garden and well maintained house
    • Can be missed as you get better views for free
  • Alan's Beach
    • Can see yellow eyed penguins and seals, if you are lucky
    • Gravel road makes for an uncomfortable drive with a 2WD vehicle
  • Explore the town center
    • Post dinner we walked around the town center
    • Stunning architecture
Stuff we missed
* Yellow Eyed Penguin Place
* Albatross Centre
* Dunedin Botanic Gardens
* Sandfly Bay - similar to Alan's Beach
* Gypsy Fair - Arrggh!! It made me sad that despite being gypsies for those few days, we missed it - sheer foolishness on  our part.

Stay : 
Dunedin Holiday Park and Motel
  • Cost - 36$ for 2 for a non powered site
  • Super market/Stores a stone's throw away
  • Very close to the beach
  • Quite a popular place
  • Ill-equipped kitchen
Total Cost : 305$ including odds and bits

Day 4: Dunedin to Invercargill. (3.5hrs)
Following the scenic route brochure that we had picked up, we decided to go to Invercargill via The Catlins. On the way we visited Kaka Point, Nugget point and also made it to the Bluff. It being Easter Monday we missed out on Bluff Oysters in their land.

Travel :  
Campervan hire : 99$
Fuel : 51$

Food :  
  • Breakfast
    • Self made sandwiches
  • Lunch 
    • Self made stuff
  • Dinner - Speight's Ale House
    • Cost - 43$
    • Nice ambience
    • Unfortunately had run out of the beer that was on promotion for a limited time
    • Was one of the few rare places open considering the public holiday
Stay : 
Beach Road Holiday Park
  • Cost - 28$ for two persons
  • Surcharge on credit cards
Activities :
  • Nugget Point 
    • Lovely views
    • Come face to face with how nature deals with the harshness of nature
    • Tiny baby seals playing - need a pair of binoculars
    •  A nice walk
  • Tautuku Bay
    • Florence Hill Lookout
    • See how nature changes what we see
  • Explore bluff
    • Learn a bit more history and enjoy great  views

Stuff we missed due to lack of time
* Jack's Blowhole
* A visit to Stewart Island

Total Cost : 250$ (Including bits and odds and stocking up on essentials)

Day 5: Invercargill to Milford Sound via Te Anau (4.5 hrs)
Today we drive to Te Anau. On the way we confirmed a Milford Sound Cruise and stay at Milford Sound. We also do a few walks on the way to Milford Sound as planned.

Travel :
Campervan hire : 99$
Fuel : 110$

Food : 
  • Breakfast
    • Self cooked
  • Lunch
    • Self cooked sandwiches
  • Dinner - Blue Duck Cafe and Bar
    • Cost - 48$
    • Happening place considering it is the only place open
    • Cool ambience
    • Loved their kitchen
Activities :
  • Lake Gunn Walkway
    • A 45 min walk through beech wood forest
    • Teeming with birdlife
    • Amazing views of Lake Gunn
    • Loads of trivia about beech trees 
    • Very easy walk
  • Mirror Lakes
    • Teeming with people
    • All bus tours stop here so this should be visited when there is no crowd
    • 15 minutes walk and viewing
  • Homer Tunnel Walk
    • A short walk to understand the flora and fauna of the harsh terrain
    • Lovely views
    • Appreciate the sharp contrast to the other side of the tunnel, once you drive through
  • The Chasm 
    • Work of art by nature
    • Sheer force of water
    • 15-20 minutes walk and viewing
  • Milford Sound Cruise
    • Cost : 70$ per person including free tea/coffee
    • Amazingly beautiful sounds
    • Fur seals
    • Get bathed in pristine waters from a waterfall
    • 2.5 hour cruise
Stay : Milford Sound Lodge 
  • Cost - 44$ for two - most expensive
  • Worst in all our travel
  • Was just a car park with zero views
  • Ill equipped kitchen 
  • Bad roads to get there
Total Cost : 375$ including bits and odds

Day 6: Milford Sound to Queenstown via Te Anau (5 hrs)
Travel :
  • Campervan hire - 99$ 
  • Fuel - 50$
Food :
  • Breakfast - self made sandwiches
  • Lunch - Self cooked noodles and baked beans
  • Dinner  - Bombay Palace, Frankton
    • Amazing ambience
    • We took our food for a candle light dinner by the lake front
    • Good biryani
    • Nice sides though we missed the pepper in the pepper chicken 
    • Cost - 36$ - we did use it the next day for lunch as well
Activities :
  • Lake Marian walk
    • A steep climb
    • 3 hrs return
    • We missed the views due to bad weather but it was rated 2nd in the list of must do walks at the Milford Sound Lodge
  • Explore Frankton LakeFront
  • Candlelight dinner at the lake front
    • Council provided Barbecue available for use
    • Council provided seating available too
Stuff we missed cause of lack of time, wet shoes and bad weather
* Kepler track
* Key Summit track

Stay  : Frankton Motor Camp
  • Cost - 36$ for two persons per night
  • Items for kitchen use available for loan from office - I quite like this idea
  • Lovely location - right at the waterfront under kowhai trees - a romantic can't ask for more
Total Cost : 230$

Day 7:  Exploring Queenstown
We were so satisfied with the relaxed and lovely atmosphere of the Frankton Motor Camp that we decided to stay a day more. We explore Glenorchy and try to find Paradise.

Transport :
  • Campervan hire - 99$
  • Fuel - 50$
Food : 
  • Breakfast - self made sandwiches
  • Lunch - leftover from Bombay Palace
  • Dinner - Frankton Arm Tavern
    • Cost -  56$ for 2 mains and 2 beers
    • Amazing ambience
    • Lovely fireplace which was taken by locals
    • Good food
    • Really friendly staff
Activities :
  • Queenstown walk from Belfast Terrace
    • 360 degree views
    • 2-3 hrs return
    • Steep climb but well worth the views
  • Explore Glenorchy and the search for paradise 
    • A 45 minute drive from Queenstown
    • Beautiful Lagoon Walkway
    • A semi gravel road drive to Paradise
    • Eat world famous carrot cake at "The Trading Post" in Glenorchy 
  • A short exploration of the 12 mile delta where we stopped for lunch
  • Lake Diamond walk
    • a lake in the shape of an eight
Stuff we missed  due to lack of interest and time
* Frankton Lakefront walkway
* Exploring the crowded town centre
* Skyline Gondola
* Paragliding
* Shotover Jet
* Million Dollar Cruise

Stay : Frankton Motor Camp
  • Cost - 36$ for two persons 
Total Cost : 260$ including short eats

Day 8: Queenstown to Wanaka (1 hr excluding time spent in Arrowtown)
When we explore the true colours of Autumn and exercise our brains at the Puzzling World!

Transport :
  • Campervan hire - 99$
  • Fuel - 50$
Food :
  • Breakfast - Arrowtown Bakery Cafe
    • Cost - 12$
    • Snug place
    • Yumm food 
  • Lunch - Uncle John's Pizzeria
    • Cost - 14$ for a burnt calzone and "1" fried bluff oyster
    • One word - Avoid!!
  •  Snacks - Puzzling world
    • Cost -  10$
  •  Dinner - Self cooked
  • Explore Arrowtown
    • Quaint town
    • Known for Autumn Colours
    • Hosts Autumn Festival
    • Zero crime 
  • Explore the lakefront
  • Puzzling world and the Great Maze
    • Cost - 32$ including a 10% discount voucher
    • A must visit - great fun
    • Exercise your brain
    • Purchase some more puzzles to further exercise your brain
  • Outlet track
    • About 1.5 hours along the river side
    • Flat easy walk
Stuff that we missed due to my wet shoes
*Mt Roy walk
*Mt Iron walk

Stay : Lake Outlet Holiday Park
  • Cost - 28$ for two persons plus 1$ for a hot shower
  • Beautiful views
  • Easy walks start from here
  • Liked the fact that they sold stuff at the office - convenience matters
  • Hot shower did not work
Total Cost : 275$  including short eats
Day 9 : Wanaka to Hokitika via glaciers (5 hrs)
In spite of the long drive, we did fit in a lot of walks.

  • Campervan hire - 99$
  • Fuel - 110$
Food : 
  • Breakfast - self cooked
  • Lunch - Haast World Heritage Frontier cafe
    • Cost - 37$ - a main and a beer
    • Vintage ambience
    • Good local food 
  • Dinner - self cooked
Activities : 
  • Blue Pools Walkway
    • 30 minutes return
    •  Through beech/tahina forest, across a swinging bridge to the mouth of the blue river
    • If you are lucky, you can see rainbow trout
  • Thunder Creek falls
    • 5 minute return
    • Just as the name suggests - a sudden bolt of water falling from a height
  • Fantail falls
    • 5 minutes return
    • As the name suggests, a waterfall that looks like the outline of a fantail.
  • Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk
    • 1 hour return depends on your agility to cross streams
    • Takes you to a view that gives you a frontal view of the glacier
    • Cross a surging stream - which can be tricky
  • Lake Matheson walk
    • Lake Matheson is famous for the reflective view of Mt Cook
    • We did just the first point of interest but the bride, read Mt Cook, was too shy to come out from behind the veil, read the clouds.

Stay : Hokitika Holiday Park
  • Cost - 28$ for two for a night
  • Very good facilities
  • Hosts let their expectations well known
Total Cost : 285$ includings bits and odds

Day 10 : Hokitika to Christchurch (3.5 hrs)

There was just one worry on my mind for this day and that was the weather. I heard that Arthur's Pass could be closed due to bad weather and since the weather had not been particularly good, I wanted to make sure that we get to Christchurch on time. We did nothing but drive all the way to Christchurch today. The views were great and an enjoyable drive. 

We were in Christchurch by lunchtime and spent most of our day inside a motel room cause most businesses were closed as it was a Sunday.

  • Campervan hire - 99$
  • Fuel -  60$
Food :
  • Breakfast - self cooked 
  • Lunch and Dinner - Pedro's House of Lamb
    • Cost - 36$
    • Huge Portions
Activities :
  • Relax
  • Explore Hagley's Park in the city of gardens
Stay :
Ashford Motor Lodge
  • Cost - 120$ for a one bedroom apartment
  • Comfortable and clean
  • Eco friendly
 Total Cost : 315$

Campervan review : 
Company : CamperCo
  • Sturdy, dependable vehicle.
  • Had all that we needed for our trip.
  • Cost per day 99$ with no excess
  • Hired for 11 days
  • The only grouse was the lack of charging points. You can either run the freezer box or charge *ONE* device at a time.
  • Also, we forgot to take our AUX input cable. I am sure that we could have asked Ross from CamperCo but decided not to as it was Easter time and did not want to disturb him. The radio works most of the time and it was good as we got the weather updates as we needed them.