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Pauanui Beach, Puka Park Resort Docked at dawn and disembarked early in Auckland then off to collect hire car. Our drive from Auckland included a morning coffee stop at St. Helliers Bay Village and it was great to wander along the beachfront and village as well as the place we lived...although it is now a townhouse/apartment complex. 90 mins later after a drive south east to the start of the Coromandel Peninsular we stopped in ...
... back to Whitianga.
The next morning we packed up and ventured over to Whitianga Harbour for a look, before enjoying our picnic breakfast at lovely big Buffalo Beach. We hadn’t really spent a lot of time in the town itself, although it had been a great base.
First stop of the day was Hahei Beach, where we parked the car and walked along the beach and up a trail to a spectacular lookout with a view of Cathedral Cove. It’s a popular ...
... Smith's (the tech experts - not) and an unbelievably annoying interchange with the call centre of 2 degrees our NZ provider - we find a 2 degrees shop where we find our hero Matt who is one of those rare breeds who knows his stuff and is keen on customer service! We discover that everything we have has not been set up properly by the people who sold it to us or has been mis-sold to us they will not work with our technology!! Grrr!!! After a call to ...
Today we are leaving the west coast of the North Island to head south back through Auckland and then over to the Coromandel Region. The drive through Auckland doesn't seem to be too bad today, but I am still happy once we get back out to the open country.
We cut across over to Thames and then up towards Cathedral Cove, just North of Hahei. Lazy driving and just exploring little towns along the way are making this for an enjoyable day. When we ...
... activities for the upcoming weekends.
We finished our visit of Thames with the St. James Church which is a beautiful Presbyterian church built in 1898. It is said to be the finest New Zealand´s example of wooden gothic architecture where timber from locally milled kauri was used for its construction. Unfortunately the church was closed but Gonzalo´s mum and I enjoyed admiring its magnitude at least from outside.
When we arrived in Coromandel Town it was ...