Rays Rest | Licenced To Retire
With the long weekend approaching we planned on escaping before the madness of Auckland's traffic hit the motorways. At the same time I didn't feel like driving a long distance on the first day so suggested to Sarah that we make our first stop at one of the most popular freedom camping spots just out of Auckland. Rays Rest is located on the Firth of Thames just south of Kaiaua which has long been home of one of the most famous fish and chip shops in New Zealand. Usually we would approach the coast either coming up from SH2 or coming down the coast from Clevedon but this time we decided to take the turn off at Maramarua next to the Red Fox Tavern and drive over the hills. This is a narrow country road winding through farms but was completely devoid of traffic and offered some great views of the coast as you started the descent down to the water. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of staying here. You can stay here for a maximum of two nights with the sign stating that