Coromandel Colonial Cottages Motel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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... but as we got further out the traffic did get lighter. We had one stop between Auckland and Hot Water Beach and this was a place called Thames. A lovely town, which had a river running through it, hence the name, (although it looked alot cleaner than the river Thames back home) The town is famous for its gold mining back in the day and had some beautiful mountains overlooking the town. It was only a flying visit, to give us time to grab some food and snacks. Maureen and I, however ...
... another action packed day. Our third day in the area and off to the Driving Creek Railway which we'd been recommended to visit. Our landlady had secured us two tickets the previous day to prevent us arriving to find it booked up and so in good time we watched the video of how one man had transformed this slice of NZ. Barry Brickell had arrived in NZ to teach but soon decided that was not the career for him. He turned to pottery and from making a short rail line to transport the clay ...
... then went into a couple of large sea caves which were very impressive. At one point the captain suddenly swung the boat round and stopped to show us a couple of little Blue penguins. We hadn't seen wild penguins before so it was amazing to see these. It was an awesome and exhilarating trip, even if we did get pretty wet!
We only had one night in Hahei before we had to set off for Rotorua, but we stopped briefly ...
... in whilst the sun was setting. Manders after having dug a huge hole (Hels was as helpful as a chocolate teapot!), that only ever got to sea temperature was not dismayed as we discovered we'd been digging 20 metres too far down the beach. So we up'd sticks and strolled further along to the rock out crop and began to dig again - sadly the tide was coming in so this one wasn't a success either, but ...
We arrived from the airport at Karen and Gavin, our fantastic hosts', house in The Beachlands, a short drive outside of Auckland proper. Following a well earned shower and 7am beer, our hosts treated us to a sumptuous breakfast. We were also introduced to Freddy the dog, who, despite suffering from "workplace anxiety", had more than enough bounce to give our fingers a chewing. We were given ...