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Sep 16, 2017 - Coastal Capers

So much to do in Coromandel, so little time! The Coast around here has been made famous by a number of movies, including 'Chronlcles of Narnia - Prince Caspian', so we decided to stay close to Hahei and discover a little more about this lovely area. Our morning adventure was to take a one hour coastal cruise in a Zodiac - a semi-rigid inflatable boat - up and down the coast. Unlike our genteel sail on Lake Taupo, there was nothing serene about this trip! With a full load of 12 pax, lively seas and threatening rain, we roared off from Hahei...

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Sep 15, 2017 - Goodbye, Rotorua; hello, Coromandel!

We had a few hours drive ahead of us, today, but could not leave Rotorua without a visit to 'The Buried Village', Te Wairoa. The 1886 eruption of Mt Tarowera, about 15 km away, completely destroyed several Maori villages that were closer to the volcano, and buried Te Wairoa in up to two metres of mud. In all, more than 120 people died. In the 1930s, the area was bought by the Smith family and for three generations the family has been excavating and developing a really interesting, informative and sensitive park around the site of the...

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Feb 5, 2013 - Kayaking at Cathedral Cove, then on to Rotarua

Sharon & I signed up for a sunrise kayaking, but we had reservations because the weather was really bad during the night. Plus, we had to get up, pack our suitcases, put them on the bus, get a quick breakfast, and walk to the meeting spot by 5:50 a.m. 8 of us went, the van picked us up and brought us to the beach. The conditions were not bad, so my anxiety eased up. We kayaked about 2 1/2 hours down the shore to Cathedral Cove, out to an island, through an arch, around the island & back to the start point. Luckily I bought a waterproof...

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Jan 29, 2012 - Hahei!

Så sidder vi her igen. I en bus, gennem New Zealands fantastiske, bjergrige natur. Det giver en fantastisk udsigt på køreturen, selvom vejene konstant går op og ned, og rundt i skarpe sving. Vi har haft et par gode dage i først Whitianga og derpå i Hahei, hvor vi har oplevet to vidt forskellige naturfænomener, som vist ikke ses andre steder i verden, inden for en afstand af 10km. Hot Water Beach er navnet på en egentlig ganske normal strand – og så alligevel ikke. Lidt henne af stranden findes der 20-30 meter, hvor man i et tidsrum på 2...

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Apr 8, 2011 - Hot Sand Beach

Amazing, at low tide there is hot water flowing up through the sand. If you dig a hole in the sand you can take a hot bath. Some places the sand is so hot it will burn your feet. While there some people from the university were checking it out. One spot they checked was 67 Centigrade, that's 67 degrees Celsius = 152.6 degrees Fahrenheit! Watch your step!

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Feb 26, 2011 - Hahei

Arrived 26th February Departed 27th February First day on the Stray bus today, a nice early pick up from the city at 7.30am! The driver/tour guide/ mechanic/chef was called Daisy! A lovely guy! We headed to the East coast to Hahei beach where we stayed in a little camping park on the beach. A few of the people I met on the bus (Katie, Emma and a few others) and I went on a walk in the afternoon out to Cathedral Cove! It was a beautiful inlet in the rocks with gorgeous white sand and a small waterfall acting a shower in the corner. A bit...

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Flip flop's tour

Nov 23, 2010 - Coramandel Coast

First day on the bus, the first 2 hours are spent picking up people all over Auckland, only to come back right from the first pick up point (my hostel). It appears high season has hit and the bus is absolutely jam packed. Having been given a brief talk about the ridiculous online booking system, its up to Mt Eden, another of the city's volcanoes, for some last views out over Auckland. Then the bus journey really begins. This time the driver is called the Hoff, and obviously the first tune he plays is Baywatch. However all the drivers seem...

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Apr 16, 2009 - Hahei

Cet apres-midi la, je devais faire une petite randonnee pour aller voir Cathedral Cove, mais j'ai du changer mes plans a cause de mes vieux genoux... J'ai donc fait un tour guide en kayak pour m'y rendre. C'etait vraiment beau, calme et paisible. Notre guide nous a fait un chocolat chaud sur la plage avec des guimauves et des biscuits. Delicieux! Le soir, on a eu droit a un barbecue digne d'un roi! Je me suis regalee. J'ai appris a connaitre des nouveaux amis, puisque la plupart du monde dans l'autobus viennent d'arriver en...

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Sep 3, 2008 - Driving on the wrong side of the road: The Coromandel Peninsula

I have finally driven on both the wrong side of the road and the car. The coromandel area does not have many bus routes so I decided to rent a car and explore. The transition to driving here was not difficult at all and I had no problems on the road. I started out in Thames but there was not a whole lot going on there so my stay there was short. I started out on highway 25 towards coromandel town and took 309 rd to see the Kauri trees. 309 Rd is a famous gravel road in the area, however it was closed right after the Kuri grove so I could...

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Jul 9, 2008 - Waihi Beach Motorhome Rally North Island 20th to 22nd June 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments Having registered for the rally and reading our programme we noticed that ‘happy hour’ was at 4 pm up in the RSL clubhouse. There was a courtesy bus to take those of from the overflow car park up the hill, but we declined the lift and opted to walk up instead. It was not too bad until we got to the last little bit which was quite steep, having been up some big hills in NZ we made it, even though we were a little out of puff. We were all welcomed to the club by the manager who informed us that this RSL has the best view in...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Hahei - Cathedral Cove

Had a great time messing around in the waves at our first stop on the Stray (www.Straytravel.com)bus, Cathedral Cove. Great bunch of travellers on the bus. Got together at night for a barbcue to have some of the best meat I have ever tasted. Does NZ import from Scotland??:))

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Mar 26, 2008 - Hahei

Early start - checkout - wait for bus - yawn, repeat. It's funny how you sort of get into a routine and this one seems very familiar. Though it is exciting waking up before everyone else, knowing you'll be going somewhere exciting today. As I am travelling on my todd I decided to go with a bus tour and "Stray" seemed like the perfect choice. Kiwi Experience was the other alternative - but well that just tends to be full of emotional 18 year olds who don't want to do anything apart from get drunk and pass around a few STDs - and not...

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