Our four caravans hit the road and headed into dairy country. Taranaki is the home of dairy farming and Fontera has a huge milk production facility in Hawera. We stopped for fuel at Waverley but had to wait some time as a huge truck and trailer loaded with cut logs took up most of the forecourt while the driver filled up with diesel. He was very chatty and when we told him where we were heading his advice was, “You really must call in to the pub at Whangamomana”. We certainly plan to. $376 dollars of diesel later his tank was finally full and he was on his way. There was plenty of fuel left for us as we only needed $60 of diesel to top up our vehicle.
Next stop was Hawera to visit White Heather, the caravan, motor home and camping specialists. They have a well stocked parts and accessory shop and the men enjoyed poking around to see if anything took their fancy. Don and Pamela found a nice dinner set which was just right for their caravan and happily made the purchase.
Who doesn’t love cheese? We certainly do so we stopped at Eltham to visit the Ferndale cheese shop, part of the Fontera group. Plenty of choice and lots of specials made choosing difficult. A bit of blue, some brie, and how about that interesting looking garlic and chive gouda. Add that nice piece of vintage tasty, and we are all done. That should keep us going for a while. Then it was just a short drive to Stratford, where we were spending the night.
Stratford Holiday Camp is tidy and well appointed with flower filled hanging baskets adding splashes of colour around the camp. We took a very pleasant walk along the river amongst the native bush. We strolled along the path and over over a foot bridge to watch the sun dappled stream babbling below.
It was another lovely sunny day and tomorrow we start our journey along the Forgotten World Highway.