Coromandel beaches

Whitianga Whitianga is a seaside town tucked into a deep bay protected by small rocky islands. It’s the perfect place to wander along the waterfront enjoying the serenity. It’s only about 21’C but feels almost summery as we explore the beach. Flaxmill Bay and Shakespeare Cliff Flaxmill Bay is quiet and small. There’s an over…

Tauranga to Whitianga

Sunrise out the window is amazing. It’s perfectly coloured and reflects off the ocean. I stay in bed longer than usual just to watch this marvelous sight. Not that we lie in terribly late. We are on time to join Rachel (our Couch Surfing host) for breakfast and some more conversation. In fact, by the…

Waihi

We stop in Waihi to see the open cut gold mine. It’s ugly but impressive and worth a look. The north wall has collapsed under a land slip, which emphasised the scale of the project. I wouldn’t say it is picturesque because mining is part of the earth destroying greed that is causing so many…

Okere Falls

We see a sign to Okere Falls. With all the rain we’ve experienced that sounds like a promising prospect.  And it is. The walk to the falls is relatively short. This used to be a place Europeans came to in the early days of tourism. And we still come. It is possible to book a…

Taupo to Tauranga

We leave town headed for Tauranga. Rotorua comes and goes. We had thought about stopping but it looks like the sort of town that has worked out how to take our money quite quickly for relatively little reward. That’s the thing about New Zealand, it’s an expensive country to travel. That said, if you stay away from…

Taupo

The views from the kitchen window of the batch are lovely. We leave reluctantly to explore the sights of Taupo. Taupo Challenge We drive into Taupo, passing a giant bicycle that commemorates the annual Taupo cycling challenge. The lake is 160km in circumference and about 7,000 cyclists participate in the challenge to ride either 1/4…

Whanganui to Kinloch

It’s Saturday morning and the Whanganui Traders River Markets are in full swing by the time we leave the house. We both love a good market. This one is lovely with loads of home made foods and crafts. There are barbie doll dresses on doll sized coat hangers, wooden toys and lots of knitted items.…