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Jan 5, 2014 - Coromandel Peninsula 

Next day we headed off down highway one again until turning left for the Coromandel Peninsula. At the junction we found and excellent cafe, the food was really good and they had free wifi, so,we were able to catch up with emails. On to Thames, an old gold mining town, with some lovely 19th century buildings, including the Miners Union building and the Courthouse. The coastline along the Firth of Thames was beautiful, beaches, bouldery(?) beaches, cliffs and ancient trees clinging to the edge. At Tapu we turned inland, driving through the...

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off we go!

Dec 4, 2013 - Möge das Abenteuer beginnen - Auckland nach Hotwater Beach

Um halb neun stand ich vollgepackt am Treffpunkt in Auckland und wartete mit vielen anderen auf unseren Bus. Die ersten Gespräche à la wie heißt du und wo kommst du her wurden gestartet und die ersten Leute wurden kennen gelernt. Der Bus wird von Deutschen (wer konnte sowas erwarten) und Britten dominiert, wobei die Britten die Überhand haben. Nachdem alle eingesammelt wurden und vom Kiwi-Office alle Informationen eingesammelt wurden, machten wir uns auf zur Coromandel Halbinsel - direkt nach Hotwater Beach. Der Regen verfolgte uns den...

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Nov 17, 2013 - Springtime

It is definitely spring here in the southern hemisphere. The tall spikes of the pahutakawa are everywhere getting ready to burst into crimson glory like tall gladioli and the crimson baxia shrubs are in full blossom too. The birds are in their best breeding plumage and singing and dancing their courtship displays. Some are nest building, mating or even have chicks already. It is great having this time of year twice in one year! It has been much cloudier today which has been nice as yesterday was very warm for walking. We have had a much...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Arrived back in civilization, Coromandel town.

We left Sandy Bay in the remote north of Coromandel peninsula this morning in more glorious sunshine. After a short, dusty windy, steep road over to the next bay Waikawau we followed a track UP on foot !!! to another lookout ....203m up in 2.2miles. The views were fantastic and the loop track back was not so steep and followed a stream so the fern trees and vegetation were very different although we had to rock hop across the stream many times. We are now back in Coromandel town and civilization so can do some shopping and sort the van out...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Walking the rest of the Coromandel Walkway from Stony Bay

We awoke to another glorious sunny day and drove over to the east coast of the Peninsula from Colville to head north to Stony Bay which was the other end of the Coromandel walkway . The road got narrower and narrower and more and more twisty as well as very rough as we got closer to Stony Bay, but it was worth it at the end. The walk to the Lookout this time was much easier up a well maintained path meandering slowly round the contours and slightly up. It was through dapple shade which was great as it was the warmest day we have had.

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Nov 14, 2013 - Moving on from Port Jackson

We were very sorry to leave Port Jackson campsite as we had had such a good time but we did not go far 20 km before we stopped in a freedom lay-by south of Fantail Bay. This was to have an evening cycle round the Thames Bay. The light in the evening sunshine was so dramatic we could not travel any further!

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Nov 13, 2013 - Port Jackson

We have spent two nights at this fabulous campsite north tip of the Coromandel peninsula. It is right on the coast and we saw a pod of dolphin playing and feeding in the bay this morning which was amazing. We have done alot of walking around the coast paths in glorious sunshine with fabulous views.

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Feb 4, 2013 - Auckland to Hot Beach

Today we will meet our Flying Kiwi tour group, but first I need to get my phone working. Yesterday I went to Vodaphone to get the texting problem solved. The date/time was wrong & got reset. Now the internet won't work. Back to Vodaphone & they got it working so I could do gmail/facebook/internet/GPS. We met the group at the waterfront, got on our bus and left Auckland. Some people had joined the tour 3 days earlier and had spent that time in the north part of the North Island. We are on our way to a Hot Beach, which has hot sand due to...

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Jan 21, 2013 - New Zealand is beautiful

Today we picked up our car and are heading off to the Coromandel Peninsula. We headed for the Waihi Beach area through the Karangahake Gorge and across the Hauraki Plains. We took the scenic route via the Firth of Thames. What a beautiful area and what a lovely drive. We found a beach on the Firth of the Thames that was full of shells and water so warm it was incredible. All we needed was a bucket and spade and we could have spent the day there. After a long play on the beach we headed for our first coffee, in a little shop on the way to...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 18, 2013 - New Chum Beach

Day 5: according to hostel lady - one of the top 10 beaches in the world- new chums beach! Today was a nice, relaxing day! We packed a picnic and set out for the beach. It was about a 20 min drive from coromandel. And then a 30 min hike to the remote beach.. It can't be accessed by vehicle - which I think is what makes it that much more intriguing! It was amazing! The weather was pretty good, except the odd wind gust that would shower us with sand. We headed in and toured around the town a bit more, cooked up a nice hostel pasta supper...

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Engagement honeymoon

Jan 17, 2013 - Coromandel

Up early once again! And on the road making our way from Auckland to coromandel. We stopped off in a old gold mining town called Thames (pronounced "tames"). We had a tour of the old gold mining plant from the 1800's. it was quite amazing to see how many techniques are still used in today's gold mining, but on a more sophisticated scale. We were guided through the old underground tunnels, this was quite neat because they were all dug by hand with chisels and pick axes. At the end of our tour we got to try our hand at panning for gold, no...

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Engagement honeymoon

Sep 5, 2011 - Coromandel - September 2-5

September 2, 2011 Our stay in Auckland was brief as we were hiring a car for the next few days and heading to a part of the country we’d skipped before. The car hire company collected us at around 10.30am and by 11am we were on the road and heading for the Coromandel peninsula. The peninsula is almost next to Auckland but about a 100km drive south and across. The drive was quite enjoyable after the headache that was Bali driving and after an hour or so on the highway we headed into the Coromandel region itself. We headed first for a place...

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