Last weekend we delivered Our Darling Girl back to Victoria University and on the way home checked out the electric car charging options. We didn’t take the car this time. We had a truck load of gear for her new flat to take down but we’re looking forward to our first big road trip.
There are plenty of rapid charging stations (20 -30 minute fill) in Wellington and there is one in Otaki, a new one being built in Levin, one in Palmerston North, Mangaweka, Waiouru, Turangi, Taupo and Rotorua. The trip is very doable and should be range anxiety free.
We stopped to check out the Mangaweka charger at Papa Cliff Café and had lunch in the warm little café with staff who were cheeky enough to feel like old friends and good home made food . There we meet Lisa, an ex-local passing through in her motor home. We shared a table and stories and parted friends.
Lisa had been swimming in the Rangitikei River at the Mangaweka Campground and recommended a detour down there for a look before we headed home. It was less than a five minute drive off the main road to the rustic campground set on the bank of the river opposite the spectacular white cliffs.
There are non powered campsites right beside the river and further up on a higher level are rustic little cabins, showers, toilets and kitchen and powered sites.
The river flows gently past the camp, making it a safe place to swim.
On the other side of the river, Awastone Riverside Camp offers ‘Wifi, well appointed bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and beautiful riverfront powered sites.’ There is also a summer licensed café and it is the base for Mangaweka Adventure Company’s rafting and kayaking activities.
Both campgrounds also offer electric vehicle charging through their caravan plugs, a good option for overnight charging. It looks like an idyllic place to break up the long journey to and from Wellington.