Travel Blogs from Whitianga
Pressing on, we headed down the coast then turned east again to carry on our journey on the other side of the estuary. Passing through Thames, an old gold mining town which had a real wild west feel, we reached a Butterfly garden which Bas had recommended we visit.
It was really interesting, a huge tropical room, set at just the right temp for butterflies to thrive - and they did, ...
... during low tide (or a couple of hours either side anyway) it’s popular to dig pools in the sand and enjoy the natural hot water pools. We arrive earlier than planned – more than two hours before low tide – and the beach is absolutely heaving already. Well, part of it is anyway – a small section maybe 30 or 40 metres wide and 20 metres deep is busy, the rest is largely empty! We can guess where the hot water springs are! We head over with ...
... wanted to pack into one day. We decided that Tauranga was a good place for a lunch stop, and we decided on some Sushi, again. As you will see from the pictures this Sushi was something a bit special to what we had been eating in the past, it was much more flamboyant and up there in presentation, after 5 minutes of deciding Becky chose a few and we sat down to eat. Half way through realising there was free tea and coffee available, perfect! Mount Maunganui, yup we flew through ...
... geysers and bubbling mud there either.
Naturally what the kids were most excited about wasn’t all the incredible natural stuff but the opportunity to throw themselves down Mount Ngongotaha in a 'luge’ (like a kind of Go-Kart) later that afternoon. To build up the anticipation, however, we made them traipse round Whakarewarewa, the Maori settlement which houses the most incredible steaming pools of 80 ...
Monday 11 November Today dawned fine and clear and we started our day with a walk on a deserted beach at St Martins Bay which would lift the spirits of the grumpiest soul. We drove down to the Coromandel Peninsula arriving at lunchtime, stopping for a bite to eat at a lovely garden centre at Thames. The sun continued to shine whilst we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway, on the east coast of the Peninsula. The scenery was spectacular, ...
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