Hi Eleanor, I'm coming home from Norway this summer and Mum wants to spend some time in a DoC site. It would be within a max 2.5-hour drive from Auckland - so Northland or Coromandel. Not the wild West Coast. Sheltered bays. Preferably an island or peninsula visible on the sea's horizon. Dates - haven't really sussed that out yet. Sometime in January! Katherine

A woman on my first call of enquiry kindly yet thoroughly burst my bubble regarding your chances in Northland. She explained that DoC accommodation is routinely used by the same families every year. As a result,