There is a quiet little spot that’s not far from our home town of Cambridge and we often go there for a day or two to completely chill out.
We can leave home in our bus and in less than half an hour be parked up (for free) at a large lakeside reserve where we can fish, kayak, swim or just relax.
Brief stop in Paeroa for exercising of dogs and nine-year-old.
We are very fortunate to have so many beauty spots in New Zealand and coming from the UK I still relish the fact that most are quiet and free with a tremendous lack of commercialisation.
There are free car parks at most of these gorgeous locations and generally there are not any ice cream/hot dog/bucket & spade vans touting their wares (but actually I think there have been times when we could have sold cold drinks or cups of tea from the bus and it would have been welcomed!).
One of my favourite spots (so far) is The Blue Spring / Te Waihou Walkway near Putaruru.