NZ Travel Log Number 0212 – Day 1

NZ Travel Log Number 0212 – Day 1

nz-day-1-5We have been in New Zealand for about a day and a half now and we haven’t quite aclimated to the wind and torrential rain.

The trip started out good – Check-in at LAX was surprisingly easy – even though we had loads of stuff with us (3 surfboard bags containing 2 large paddleboards and 5 surfboards PLUS 4 bags of luggage) Air New Zealand is so cool, they didn’t charge us Anything extra! (If we had been flying Hawaiian Air, they would have charged us $80 PER BOARD).

The TROUBLE started, though, about 14 hours later when we arrived in Auckland, NZ.

Boards, Bags, Paddles

Boards, Bags, Paddles

At the airport we had to get a cab to take us to the camper van rental.

We couldn’t fit the boards in the van that came to pick us up, so the savings we got from Air NZ we spent on a SECOND TAXI to take us to the campervan rentals! One taxi carried our surfboards, the other carried us and our luggage!


2 Carts to carry all this!


Escape Rental Headquarters

We got to Escape Rentals about 8 a.m. – These campervans are way cool – they rent for cheap, and they are all painted crazy!  The nice people who work there recognized Drew as the artist and were bummed that they didn’t realize he’d be here – they would love to have him paint one of their vans. We said maybe next year….


Tight Quarters, but Cozy!

So we got a cool camper van covered in an original painting. Very loud. Drew asked me later if we looked like a bunch of dorks driving this van, or if we looked cool.  I said “if we’re driving it, we’re making it cool!”

Torrential rains, driving on the left side of the road, tired as hell…we drove to Raglan because Drew was dying to surf Raglan Point. We got there, and the waves were icky and no good so he took the paddleboard out (away from the locals, they aren’t used to paddleboards here).  But it was a frustrating surf, and didn’t last long.

First morning in camper! YIKES!

First morning in camper! YIKES!

We stayed at Solscape, a campground, last night and slept in the back of the van for the first time.  It was surprisingly comfy, and we slept really good with the rain beating the top of the van.

Wiggs was mad we made him do his schoolwork this morning, but then he decided to make the best of it and got it done.

We’ll surf later, despite the rain, and hope for sun.

So, let me ask you this:  Is this “Living the Dream“?  Or are we crazy?

Spunk Brophy xxoo

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  • mother & andrea
    Posted at 13:42h, 14 February

    hi you all. glad you made it safely. can’t wait for the next update

  • Filmfulla
    Posted at 18:02h, 13 February

    Kia Ora Brophy Whanau. WHile you’re in Raglan check out the carved surfboard artwork by a fulla called Aaron Kereopa – they’re pretty awesome! East Coast of NZ’s where its at though.

  • Paul
    Posted at 14:29h, 13 February

    Glad to see you all made it. Your van is awsome can’t wait to see whats next. I agree with everyone else. I would like to see some drew brophy vans i know i would buy one or you could sell vehicle wraps. Take care hope the swell blows in for you.

  • Brooke Hargreaves
    Posted at 13:08h, 13 February

    Hi Drew,
    Woody Woodworth from Creation Captured rang me last night (midnight mind you! We couldnt work out the time difference very well!) and he told me you were in NZ !!
    Ok, so im in Mount Maunganui, a little town on the East coast (look for Tauranga on your map) … I own a Surf print company here, but am currently managing the Mount Backpackers (87 Maunganui Road) .. So, if you guys are here — Make sure you stop on by to say hi — You can even come and use the showers and kitchen if you like! My cell is 0211614617 or the work number is 07 575 0860 .. Would love to meet you! Keep it real!

  • anita
    Posted at 08:16h, 13 February

    a little crazy but also living the dream life!! can’t wait to see those drew brophy rv’s happen when you get back to the states!! have fun and stay dry! well as dry as you can!! you guys are my heros!!! love ya anita

  • Kelley
    Posted at 01:42h, 13 February

    HeDoubletoothPick YEAH!-you guys are adventurious; It’s all about the journey! Would love to hear about your family’s travels. . .
    I show off my custom board, on IOP, all season long. Thank you so much. Have a good trip/visit!

  • T.A. Brophy
    Posted at 22:32h, 12 February

    That van is insane! Reminds me of rawhide….look forward to many updates! Do not forget to say hello to the local wild life!

  • Cindy & Joe
    Posted at 19:56h, 12 February

    Wow! Sounds like a crazy adventure…love it!!!!! keep the log up to date… you guys are always COOL no matter what….. just think, you could start a Drew Brophy line of vans here in the US…i am sure you have already thought of it!!!!

  • Sarah & Fam
    Posted at 19:43h, 12 February

    Glad you all made it safely!!! Enjoy the crazy camper and no worries, you look hella COOL!!! Wishing you well and some killer swell!! Take care Brophys 🙂

  • Jason Wallis
    Posted at 15:30h, 12 February

    Hey Drew -I warned you about the NZ rain!!!

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