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Travel Blogs from Whangamata
... the thick waves. Again, this feels very foreign in comparison to yesterday’s calm bottle surface on the bay. By 10am we are heading across to Waikawau, Kennedy Bay and then back down to Coromandel Town before crossing to Whitianga. This Eastern route back down to Coromandel Town really could have been avoided as it lacks scenery and tarmac. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere for a very long time!
We drive through ...
... People had dug holes in every available patch of sand, with just inches of sand separating one hole from another. There were whole groups lounging in these pools. The tide was now turning and people who had been there for a while were leaving. It was like a cuckoo in a nest scenario with people quickly jumping into vacated pools and then, like squatters, taking up residence in the already prepared pools.
With no spade, we decided to ...
... we signed our names up for kayaking in the sea, booked a bed in the dorm, changed into swim gear and ate a muesli bar! All changed and ready we headed back onto the bus and down to the beach, where we were met by our kayaking instructors and given life jackets and a rather fetching skirt which sort of sealed you into the canoe so we didn't sink - always a good thing! The kayaks were the proper job, as with most things in New Zealand, they came equipped with a pedal ...
... oversee everything shall I? We eventually manage to locate a ‘hot spot’ and dig ourselves a little hole – it’s really rather pleasant. In the evening, we have a ‘welcome BBQ’ for the group. Totally stuffed our faces with lovely food, including hokey pokey ice-cream for dessert – yum. I manage to string it out until 9.30 pm but no longer – lights out time for me. I could seriously sleep on a clothes ...
... Unfortunately, there were only 2 private cabins available and by the time the accommodation sheet reached us they had already been snapped up so it was a dorm for us again. This time though we had a double bed in our dorm which was interesting. The single bunk above came with a Brazilian girl who was the most restless sleeper I've ever come across…but hey, the accommodation was so lovely it was easy to forget.
Next stop - Waitomo.
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101-103 Beach Rd., Whangamata | Motelfrom $95