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We had a long drive ahead of us so started the day early. We were in the car on the road by 8 cruising out of the Bay of Islands. We would be heading south past Auckland then back up north onto a large peninsula. By now I felt fully comfortable in the car so handled the hilly and bendy roads with ease. We stopped off for an early lunch around 11 before we started getting close to Auckland. We found this little village on a river where we pulled over in ...
... to the top of Mt Paatu for a stunning view of the local beaches and tidal estuary below. Tairua seemed the like the perfect place to slow down for a few days. The hostel overlooked the bay and positively encouraged you to do very little. But with the east coast beaches so close, we did have a go at body-boarding on Ocean Beach. Unlike in Bondi, these waves were a little kinder, and the beach a little emptier, so we pretended like we ...
... than the bright white you see in the photographs. We did exclaim on a number of occasions that it looked better in photographs. Anyway I can't complain too much, the sun came out and we spent two days on Manly beach. Manly seems to be the surfers escape from the business centre of Sydney, there is certainly a cool vibe with a lot of young foreigners working down there, as opposed to the business men and women in downtown ...
... to abandon that idea. That evening we had our 5 months anniversary, so we went to the Church restaurant (THE ONLY restaurant in the village), got some of our favourite white wine Gewurtztraminer (thanks to my good command of German i enlightened the local community that it translates as "spicy sausage"), chocolate porter and some tapas. In the morning we had sunrise kayaking to the Cathedral cove. When we were in Napier, we already ...
... site by 7.30am. We had a short walk on the beach and enjoyed an evening by another river estuary, cheerfully waving and saying, "Hi" to a fair number of none too friendly locals. It's noticeable that on the Coromandel that camper vans are not welcomed, possibly because some of the sites are over the road from million dollar houses who no doubt don't like having their views interrupted. We got up and were out of the designated space by ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue Water Motel Tairua
We had such a great stay here that I couldn't wait to write a review. While we did not get to meet the lovely Natasha, Paul was definitely lovely, helpful, informative, friendly, and flexible. This is a great location, very close to incredible scenery, restaurants, grocery store, and playgrounds. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment which was not roomy but functional and extremely clean. The kitchenette was well stocked. We were very impressed how thoroughly the room was cleaned each day. Being able to borrow shovels and towels for nearby Hot Water Beach was great. The kids loved warming up in the spa pool. Plenty of room for hanging wet clothing outside was yet another bonus. While it was pricier than some other options, we're extremely happy that we stayed here.
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