Mary & Jeff - To Oz and Beyond! travel blog

Cattle grazing on top of the world downunder

Palm trees line the way to Waihi Beach


We've entered Ruakuri in rain, but come out to sun. That has to mean something. Doesn't it? Past the Big Bird B&B we go - ostrich eggs for sale - what an omelette that would make. On to Otorohanga...do we really want to see a live kiwi......perhaps not since it is still raining. Ah ha...would that be a glimpse of blue sky? Should we go east or west? Sun or rain? Let's be honest...we're intrepid travellers and weather is not an issue.....east (Cambridge) and rain it is!!! What is this? A 3 metre height limitation for the bridge? We are 3.2!!!! I guess we'll have to circumvent the bridge. What a miracle? After a few turns and a stop for diesel, we are correctly heading for Morrinville and eventually the Coromandel Peninsula. Only 21 km remain before we hit the coast and Waihi Beach..........lots of warnings about speed, etc., and only 6 crosses at the edge to indicate they mean what they say and we are there. The maximum speed on this section was only 80kph ... a first in NZ as far as we know! On to Bowentown Beach Holiday Park near Waihi Beach on the east coast. It has internet (our host Dave is more than helpful with details on the setup) and it is on the beach, can't go wrong here.... Well, if it would stop raining....

Kay, our other host, has given us site 114 and it is perfect, giving us a view of the ocean and, what's this - the sunset!!!! All this and peace and quiet too!!! Definitely our kind of place!! Perhaps we'll stay another day. We're in a quiet site and there's really no need to close the curtains to block out ATVs and other campers. We can get over our one bad experience! But, "raindrops keep falling on our heads....."

Time will tell what tomorrow brings!



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