Birthday on the Coromandel!
Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
35Trip End May 28, 2010
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Where I stayed
Harbourside Holiday Park
Otoma Beach Summer Camping Ground
Getting up and going in the morning is great when you sleep in the car! After a quick grocery stop in Thames we headed north up the coast to Coromandel Town. On the way we saw some people picking blackberries along the way, and I made Curtis go back so we could pick some for breakfast. When we were thoroughly mutilated by thorns and stained purple, we went to leave and the car spun out in the ditch and Curtis had to get out and push from the middle of the thorns! We got out pretty quick, but not before a few cars full of locals and a bus full of asian tourists offered to help! When we got to Coromandel Town, we bought these smoked mussels that we had heard about, and they proved to be absolutely amazingly delicious
We had a wonderful morning; we found the leak in our camp mat and Curtis fixed it, so no more sleeping on the ground for me! Then, Curtis made us delicious pancakes to eat with the blackberries. He is an amazing chef with our little cook stove now, to make pancakes with that thing is quite the feat! We headed out to Whitianga, and found Harbourside Holiday Park. We stayed there to fulfill by birthday wish to have a shower on my birthday! We walked around town for a while and Curtis picked out bracelets for us:) After dinner we headed out to Hot Water Beach. This is an amazing beach where, for two hours either side of low tide, hot water seeps out of the sand
My birthday! Yay me! We spent the day out at Cathedral Cove, by Hahei. It was amazingly beautiful, a complete paradise for sure. Apparently part of the Narnia movie Prince Caspian was filmed there. Anyways, it was super hot, so we lounged about on the beach and played in the waves. On our way back to camp, I got to talk to my Dad, so that was a good birthday present! When we got back I had my birthday shower, haha. We went out for dinner to this wonderful Indian place. Curtis convinced me to go there (only our second time trying Indian food, pathetic) and we loved it! Dinner was delicious, and we went home stuffed. (I have to thank Marwa for introducing us to lamb; we both love it now!) There was a large table next to us with a guy also celebrating his birthday