Have you missed us??  We have been rather quiet haven’t we? But never fear, we are back and for our sins we have a number of blog entries to write and publish. So let us back track somewhat and start at where we left off. 

We arrived at Taputaputa (Tapotupotu), which is the Doc camp near Cape Reinga, on 11 September.  Jim & Judy arrived later the same day to join us at this idyllic spot in glorious sunshine.  

taputaputa 10Parked at Taputaputa

taputaputa 4View of Taputaputa from the access road in.  The parking place is at the far right of this photo, tucked in the corner by the sea and alongside the river entrance.

Here we stayed for the next 12 days, enjoying the scenery, the fishing, and the company.  We also had our fair share of rain and wind over the next wee while and one day there was the beginnings of a lake forming in the grass in front of us which made for some hasty packing up of tents by the campers who had set up there camp there.


View from the bus door of the mini lake forming.

Roy and Jim tried their hand at setting the net in the river in the hope of catching a flounder or three. 

12Roy knee deep with Jim in the shallows.

They did manage to catch one flounder, also a Kahawai however it had a decent chunk removed from its body, presumably by a shark, as well as 18 grey mullet.  The mullet and kahawai were dried and salted to be used as bait at a later date,  the flounder was eaten. 

We were joined at the camp by Gail (whom we met up with in Houhora) and Dinky Di (the name of her van)and over the next week or so, we fished together and enjoyed many a happy hour.  Di is a very keen fisherwoman and we spent most days trying our luck from the beach.


Bernice fishing                                 Gail & Di gutting fish

taputaputa 8MMmmmm Snapper for dinner

We enjoyed some of the fish smoked, ate some as ceviche, had some very fresh fish as sashimi,  as well as fish cooked in many different ways.

It’s a small old world as it turns out Di lived for many years in Tokoroa, as we did through the 70’s and 80’s so we shared many a tale from shared memories and experiences.  We also met Rosemary & Peter, keen motorhomers and anglers,  as well as Jason from Nelson who happened to originally hail from Newcastle in the UK and was a very keen fisherman, along with many, many tourists. 

And speaking of tourists, we did our usual thing of helping stranded tourists.  This time they had got stuck in the mud so with the use of Jim’s car and a good tow rope they were quickly on their way.  Funnily enough when we were at Taputaputa last year with Pat & Sue, we rescued many a stranded tourist who either had a flat battery or got themselves stuck in the soft ground.  

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Another successful recovery.

Now, it would not be a Vannini blog post without a picture or two of some local wildlife….

This dotterel and it’s partner decided to lay an egg on the beach above the high water mark but perilously close to a path used by people in the camp.  People in the camp set up a row of sticks around the area, which was strengthened using stakes and tape by DOC personnel.  As usual any approach is met by the birds walking away limping or dragging a wing to draw your attention from the egg lying exposed on the sand.


So come on follow me!!!


The following picture could be called a killing field.  In the middle of the sand dunes fronting the parking area there was this lone stone which ha been used by birds to crack snail shells.  It is obviously well used.


A trip up to the Cape Lighthouse is part of the sojourn to these parts, particularly as now we can get some cell phone reception from one of the car parks, if you stood in the right spot, at the right time of the day.

taputaputa 3This is the meeting of the waters, the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean just off Cape Reinga.

  taputaputa 2Looking along to Cape Maria van Diemen

Oh and we have not been completely idle, we had a bit of an improvement made to our ties to the awning windbreak.  here was Version one, but after I accidentally pulled off one of the ties, we came up with the new, improved, version two, and had some Velcro strips sewn on.  They work perfectly, and stop the flapping of the front windbreak which was well and truly tested in some good strong winds.

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One Response to “Taputaputa”

  1. Sad News | The Vanninis' Manoeuvres Says:

    […] We first met Judy & Jim way back when we first started this motorhome lifestyle when we were in Gore and spent lovely time with them at Fortrose in the Catlins at the bottom of the South Island which you can read about here.  We have met up with them at numerous times over the ensuing years and spent some lovely time together, including our trip together to Cape Reinga and points inbetween including   Waharau Kaiaua Matai Bay Cape Reinga Rarawa Kaitaia.  […]

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