Tuesday, February 19, 2013


January and February go by so fast. We ended 2012 by hitting the road for our annual summer camping trip, starting at Marokopa on the Waikato coast. We'd been there a while ago pre-children, and it wasn't a hugely long drive, even allowing for Marokopa being a long way from anywhere, but two under fives in the back have a habit of drawing the journey out. They compensated by cuting the place up wherever we stopped. Like Taihape:
And Taumaranui (yes my daughter is picnicking on the footpath. That's where she decided the party was at):
It was getting to late afternoon by the time we arrived at Marokopa, and started putting the tent up in 30+ degree heat.
 That done we had a wee explore. This is pretty much it, and I like that:
After tea we retired to the cabin/unexpectedly plush guest house our friends (whose idea it was to go here in the first place) were staying at to hang out and admire the view:
Marokopa is all about the fishing, and this was proved when the campground manager wandered over to give us one of the two crayfish he'd caught that day. Cooked and ready to eat and completely free of charge. I didn't ask how big the one he kept for himself was.
As I said the essence of Marokopa is fishing. It's at the end of the road and there isn't much else to do there. It is also the quietest camping ground we have ever stayed in (apart from the ubiquitous quad bikes used to travel the beach) , since most occupants are getting up pre-dawn to catch the morning tide. So the next morning we joined our friends on the black sand beach to see what could be caught.

Nothing as it turned out. The crayfish would have to do (disappointing, I know). Charlotte did find a starfish in a tree back at the campground though, because that is where you would expect to find them of course.
When not finding sea creatures in weird places Charlotte practiced her horse whispering skills.
And Sophie practiced her photobombing skills:
And once they were in bed I practiced my handheld moonlight river photography skills.


Maureen said...

That is a cool looking starfish! Was it found live or dead in the tree? I would be impressed if it was alive.

Off-Black said...

Oh it was very much dead, but dried rather than decaying :)

Kiwilauren said...

Love the photos Sam. I'm also super pleased that you continue to blog... I should do the same more often!

Off-Black said...

Thanks Lauren! I love seeing your work also :). You've actually been pretty close to Marokopa, it's about 45k from Waitomo.