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Dec 3, 2017 - Coromandel, Waitomo caves and Waiheke Island

I spent the last couple of weeks showing my family around the wonderful town I have called home for the last year, and discovering some new places with them along the way. I'd deliberately saved the Waitomo Glow Worm caves for their visit and had a recommendation of a good tour to do with children, the Spellbound tour, which includes a boat ride through a smaller, private cave with over 30,000 glow worms, and a walk through another cave of stalagmites and stalactites. We donned hard hats and head torches to get into the first cave but once...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Martins Bay to Hot Water Beach

September 3, 2017 Today is a long (275 KM) drive south through Auckland on SR1, east on SR 2 and north on SR 25 to the east Coromandel Peninsula. The weather is cool and spits rain every so often. Left Martin’s Bay (which reminded us of Cornwall) about 10:00 and stopped just outside of Warkworth to see the 800 year old McKinney Kauri tree with a girth of 7.6 meters. The terrain is full of grazing cows ( where are the sheep?)in beautiful rolling green fields. Then got on the SR1 non-toll motorway through Auckland. Lucky for us it is Sunday...

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2017 New Zealand

Apr 13, 2017 - Cyclone Cook excitement

We have extended our stay here in Whitianga because some highways are closed due to slips(smaller landslides) and overall travel was not recommended due to heavy rains and strong winds. We borrowed some movies from the hostel office, including one called "The Impossible" about a family who all survived the tsunami while on vacation in Thialand. Just as we finished it, the local fire dept came door to door asking if we were aware of the coming storm and the area is under voluntary evacuation. They let us know that an evacuation centre was...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Off to the Coromandel region

We have fewer than 10 days left before we settle down in Auckland for 11 days of the World Masters Games and then leave for home, so are trying to see as much of the North Island as possible. The Coromandel region is a very popular summer vacation area for folks from the North Island. It is beautiful, but very stormy here at the moment, apparently another cyclone is influencing the weather across all of NZ. Good news is that we are holed up in a wonderful hoste/hotel with a comfortable, warm, dry place to read, watch TV, and catch up on...

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Feb 13, 2016 - Waihi and Coromondal Peninsula

Friday 12th still..... We are on our way to Waihi. I can hear you saying that sounds familiar and yes it is , have been there before but Steve likes it and its on the way to Coromondal peninsula. So having left Rotorua we go around the lake to make most of views and to take in some sites on way. We haven't gone far when we spot a line of fishermen standing in the lake so stop for a piccie. Also on the bridge are a group of Maori children who are having great fun jumping into a largish river running nearby. So we get into a conversation with...

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Jan 1, 2016 - New Year's at the Beach

Cook's Beach was one of the first places James Cook landed and stayed on Endeavour while trying to map his location. Unlike him we had a fantastic time- relaxing, eating, drinking, swimming, boogie boarding and having a brilliant holiday with the Skeltons, Monoghans, Cox family and Shaws. Hot Water Beach was ridiculously busy at low tide but we did feel the hot spring. Happy New Year to you all. Xxxx

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Our Year Out

Nov 27, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving from Whitianga

I'll write about these photos later - I've started this blog 4 times now - and been shut down each time. If nothing else - please know we are wishing you a Wonderful Thanksgiving. We love you. Kayaking - and Hot Water Beaches are the photos. Like I said - when we have a better connection, I'll write more. Finally - a better connection. The trip from Auckland to Whitianga was about 3 hours and took us through part of the ranch and farm land as well as some extremely windy roads through the Coromandel Range. The scenery was stunning - with...

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Nov 20, 2013 - A walk to Cathedral Cove from Hahei

We awoke at 6am to our first serious rain of the holiday but fortunately it did not last and it has been another warm sunny day with a few showers. We spent the morning in Whitianga shopping and sorting the van out. The couple we had hired the van from live in Whitianga and gave us free power whilst we did our shopping as our battery was low from all the freedom camping without power that we have been doing. When we came back not only was the battery charged but he had cleaned the putside of the van whilst he had been doing one of the...

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Nov 19, 2013 - A different day in Whitianga

It has been a much cloudier day and in the morning before it rained the visibility was very hazy so after a 6 km cycle into Whitianga we decided to go on a 2hr boat trip ( small speed boat!) to see the rock formations of Shakespeare cliffs and Cathedral cove etc from the sea at close range. It was an interesting and quite bouncy ride with lots of good views of all the old volcanic rock formations. You could see a straight line of old volcanic plug rocks heading to White island which is the active volcano we are hoping to visit later as well...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Coromandel Peninsula

First lazy day today. Wandered round the small harbour town of Tairua then took of to find a beach to lie on. This area is full of small bay's and longer beaches and we ended up on Cooks Beach. Spent a couple of hours soaking up the sun. Two noticeable differences between the beaches round here and in California. First - where in CA would you be allowed to drive a farm tractor onto the beach to put your boat into and out of the water? Second, dogs can run around on the beaches here, have the time of their lives, without people winging and...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Bay Of Islands to Coromandel Peninsula

Most of today was taken up with the drive from Bay of Islands to the Coromandel Peninsula, about 280 miles. Most of the drive was fine but getting from one side of Auckland to the other took about an hour - I guess cities all over the world have the same traffic issues. Here's our route.