Leaving New Plymouth behind, we drove southwards. Our ongoing battery problems meant that we really needed to stay somewhere on power, so our first stop was Ashley Park, north of Wanganui. It is many years since we have been to this camp, and there are new owners since our last visit. The ground was a little boggy after heavy rainfall, and we were the only ones staying in camp.
Staying at Ashley Park
There are lots of birds and animals on display here and we went for a walk around. The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Goldie had a lot to say and we were amused by his repertoire. Had to watch our fingers though, there was a sign warning about him biting.
Val having a chat with Goldie
Its a well known fact that I love pigs but this kune kune pig was much to busy snuffling in the mud to pay much attention to me. I tried talking to him but he wasn’t answering.
After a night’s stay, we drove onto Wanganui, stopping for lunch at the Wanganui Racecourse.
Then on to last stop of the trip, Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park. We had never stayed here before, and it is a nice little camp with young enthusiastic owners. There is a small swimming pool for warmer times, and the ablution block has recently been renovated.
There was all sorts going on the following morning as we were packing up to leave. Three old wooden cabins had been sold and were being removed. We watched as the first cabin was lifted up a little, and the sling was slid underneath, then up, up and away the cabin was lifted up onto a truck. All done, luckily, without mishap. I walked around to the back of the cabins to see what was happening, then had a birds eye view through the caravan window.
Going to a new home
We had a great 10 day trip away, starting with our weekend caravan rally at Betts Farm, then heading north with Bill and Val. Bill managed to complete his ICA arrangements, and we caught up with our friend Glenys, had a nice meal out with Bill and Val, and visited a new place or two. The weather could have been better but it is always a bit marginal in Spring, can’t seem to make up it’s mind, sometimes it’s nice and other times it’s horrible. And for those wondering about our battery woes, Robin has been in touch with the professionals, and we are waiting on a date to do the job. Should be soon, we hope.