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Mar 19, 2016 - Day 16 The Coromandel

Today we had brunch in a cafe in town and then hit the road for Hot Water Beach and Coromandel. There was some spectacular scenery along the way. The beach was awesome. There is a small area where a hot spring runs underneath the sand, and if you dig down the sand is hot and the water hot also. People had shovels and were digging big holes, but we just used our feet. Really weird experience. Also more disturbingly a lot of blue stingers so we didn't venture near the water, except when it accidentally got us. We moved on from the beach to...

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May 1, 2015 - Rotorua to Waiomu

Friday 1st May 2015 Packing up morning in Rotorua after our stay in our comfy town house. There must have been a change of wind direction during the night, and "that Rotorua smell" managed to reach us for the first time. Our usual morning routine worked well and we were on the way around 9am. First stop was coffee at Tauranga, a good size town and quite a busy place. We passed through Te Puke which looked like a small dot on the map, but would be a lovely place for a visit. Maybe another time when it would also be good to have time to see...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Thames

After a successful trip here to New Zealand and no problems with luggage or customs this time we have been really lucky with the weather too. The motorvan is quite old but much more comfortable to live in than the last one we had in NZ and so far has got us where we want to go OK, Our first night was spent in a freedom campsite about an hour from Auckland on the North Shore which provided us with lots of bird watching opportunities and the second night was in Thames where we sorted out a sim card for the ipad .... Hence this update!

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Mar 23, 2012 - Back in NZ

We're now back in NZ following our 'holiday from our holiday' in OZ. We had a great four days there and enjoyed swimming in the sea, driving the Great Ocean Road and admiring the Aussie critters: a wallaby, kookaburras, parrots and sleepy koalas in gum trees. We explored Melbourne by historic tram and on our last evening joined sailors from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club for an evening's sailing in the bay - lovely! Now we're on the Coromandel Peninsula and have arranged some diving for the weekend - 20 degrees promised, but not the best vis...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Coramandel Peninsula

Stayed the night at Hot Water Beach. A small beach where at low tide you can dig our own hot water pool and bath in it. However, we managed to miss it on the first night in the area as we had gone to see the Cathedral Cove. Durdle Door on a huge scale!!! So we went to Cooks Beach where Captain Cook first landed on New Zealand I think and had a nice walk and sunbath on the beach while waiting for the tide to go out. Sadly due to time and the full moon, the tide was taking ages to retreat so we did not get to feel the full experience of our...

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Apr 4, 2011 - NZ Day 2, NZ Travels Begin

Jason finally got in contact with A2B car rental and arranged for them to come and pick us up at 10:30am. No economy car was available until tomorrow so we decided to go with the next car up, a Mitsubishi Lancer 4 door, silver of course $25 NZ dollars per day. It will do just fine. The driver that came to pick us up was telling us about Christchurch and how devastating the earthquake was that hit there. They rent many cars to families from Christchurch who come up to Auckland on the North Island just to get away from the devastation. A lot...

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Jul 8, 2010 - Coromandel Peninsula

So I left Auckland yesterday morning on the Magic bus and headed for the Coromandel Peninsula. There were 5 of us and one (Grace) left this morning. We first stopped at the Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal heated spa pool - unfortunately we timed it wrong and couldn't do so... although we did go for a paddle. We then headed to Cathedral Cove for a picnic. Yesterday evening the 5 of us went to a pub quiz - and failed miserably at all NZ based questions! One of the markers took...

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Mar 23, 2010 - Kaueranga Valley

C’est parti pour notre exploration de la Nouvelle Zélande ! Nous partons tout d’abord dans le Northland, la péninsule au nord d’Auckland. Nous visitons la ville de Paihia et le lendemain nous tentons de stoper vers la cote ouest de la péninsule. D'ailleurs, ici les gens roulent a droit, ce qui nous exerce l'autre main pour le stop! Mais nous rencontrons le problème que la Nouvelle Zélande est très peu peuplée (4,5 millions d’habitants pour un pays plus grand que l’Angleterre, dont plus d’un million vit a Auckland), il y a donc très peu de...

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Feb 20, 2009 - Rainy day in NZ :( Left Tutukaka un-scubered! & ended up in the Thames!

We awoke this morning to a call from the Scuba place telling us that there were gale force winds and rain so they were unable to go out and scuba today. We had kinda figured that out already seeing as we were camped 100 yards away from the harbour where they are based!!!! So rather annoyed (as Poor Knights Island where we were to scuba is on Jacque Cousto's top 10 dive sites in the world!) and soaked through regardless as it was still peeing down, we set off from Tutukaka down past Auckland over to towards the North East coast of the North...

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The A&E Adventure

Oct 3, 2007 - Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula

The bus dropped me off in a little town called Thames, which confusingly is prounced differently to the river in London. It was another sleepy, small Kiwi town and my reason for being here was to visit the Coromandel Peninsula which it was situated near. The hostel was about as quiet as the town but I decided to post an ad up on the noticeboard anyway to see if anyone wanted to share the costs of hiring a car. After reading a book for a while I met two English guys and we played darts in the common area and some pool. That evening I hung...

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Sep 8, 2007 - Thames

There will be no photos of Thames - why you ask? Cause it just wasn't worth the time to turn on my camera. Felt like I was in Burford. And for those of you who haven't been to Burford, don't worry about it. I think it was more like Port Dover on Friday the 13th given the large numbers of bikers at the watering holes (there was a gentlemen's club there but none of the bikers seemed to go there). Stayed at a hostel that reminded me of the Bates Motel and the woman who runs it, Norman's mother (yes, I know she was already dead). The advert...

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