Cambo Life / by craig levers

The last few posts have been quite product related huh? Well over the last week the gorgeous Ange and I hit the road in the Cambo. It made no sense, there's too much work to do, the NZ Wave Print Sets arriving, The Big Little Beach Book distribution in full flight. This is not the time to be road tripping. We went anyway. 

 Hahei Holiday Park, are you kidding me! How is this for front row seats. Million dollar views for $30 a night. 

Hahei Holiday Park, are you kidding me! How is this for front row seats. Million dollar views for $30 a night. 

At the risk of clearly being repetitive, Ange and I own a Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 ex St Johns Ambulance. It has been converted to a camper already, but over the next few years we are going refine the conversion. It makes no financial sense. It's big, it's heavy on gas, there's an endless number of costly modifications that could be done. Where do you stop, when are you so ridiculously over capitalised? But then you do this. 

  Hahei, you beautiful thing

Hahei, you beautiful thing

You wake up absolute beachfront to a scene like this. NZ's campgrounds are under constant threat of "development", especially the beachfront ones like Hahei. Hahei was saved from being carved up a few years ago. The plight of the beautiful grounds made national news, the local council sluggish and reluctant to step up and buy the grounds from the retiring owners. Fortunately the same private owners of the Opoutere campground fronted up- bloody legends. Shame on you Council. Of course my argument is the well trodden theme; that greedily carving up our Kiwi beach side campgrounds for short term profit is not 'development' in any way. It's the opposite, it degrades the beach, it takes the beach away from all of us. 

  It's the simple things, the quiet things, free moments

It's the simple things, the quiet things, free moments

We moved on the the Mount. It's kind of the polar opposite of Hahei, it is not quiet, it is humming with humans. But what a success story of the campground. Nestled on the base of Mauao the Holiday Park is bold and refined and yep, you pay a bit more... but check this view...

 Hating cambo life right?!

Hating cambo life right?!

There were waves too. To be honest, it wasn't planned, it was just a happy coinciding. But we ended up being at the right place at a good time. 

Since we've been back I posted a couple of shots in Instagram. The question was asked, 'cos I really was struggling, which one should be added to the website? The consensus is this one straight above... so you asked for it, it's done it.... check it out bigger HERE

You can't stay at the Mount, especially at the very base of the the Mount, without the trek up the thing right? We set out 30 minutes before dawn. Sure enough, there are people already running back down the track, then there are those lapping us. It's busy! I'm carry a stripped down camera kit of about 15kgs [which was ridiculously too much- but you never know what you could need] I'm trudging and I'm gasping, but then you get this...

  camera porn

camera porn

 hmmm good, but here's the call... not as good as this...

hmmm good, but here's the call... not as good as this...

  Which was used in  Beached As Then and Now  and the new    Big Little Beach Book

Which was used in Beached As Then and Now and the new Big Little Beach Book

Love our Kiwi coasts! Roll on Labour weekend and the start of summer, roll on the Cambo. 

It's Here

The NZ Wave Print Sets arrived early. All the pre-orders are out already. And the shops are starting to get it out on display. What, you can't find it yet? Well the inter web shop is open all day every day HERE

The Big Little Beach Book

Distribution is trucking along for the book...despite the Cambo roady. Shops are starting to get it out on display. Can't be bothered finding it??? Well the inter web shop is open all day every day HERE