On the Other Side of the Road

Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
Trip End Nov 24, 2014

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Yesterday we rented a car and Jason had to quickly learn to drive on the opposite side of the street … and car! He did a great job, but was feeling nervous for the first few minutes or so. After a few small mistakes, like turning on the wipers instead of the signal, Jason learned to adapt fast. It's a good thing he felt comfortable quickly, because the roads ahead of us were not easy ones. The first part of the drive from Auckland to Coromandel Town was highway driving, simple enough. The second part of the drive was full of beautiful scenery, but took us through extremely winding two lane roads. With all the twists and turns and climbs and drops on the roads, Jason felt like he was driving in a video game, bringing back memories of Aryton Senna's Formula 1 on Sega Genesis! 

Once we got to our accommodation in Coromandel Town, we realized we were far from the attractions we wanted to see on the Coromandel Peninsula. Oops! No worries, there's always something to do, so … Waterworks Amusement Park it was. This was a recommended nearby attraction and is known to show off New Zealand's quirkiness. Quirky it most definitely is! It's basically an amusement park made of recycled materials (car axels, old wooden furniture, rusted aluminum, etc.). Most of the attractions here had to do with water and were interactive. On more than one occasion throughout our walk around the park, we fell for the tricks set up which sprayed us with water. Although many attractions here made us wonder how weird the creator of this park must be, we definitely had fun riding around on flying cars and trying out a human hamster wheel.

Today we woke up to rain, but that didn't stop us from driving to Cathedral Cove on the other side of the Peninsula. This drive was even more challenging than yesterday's because along with the winding roads and climbs and drops, we also had to drive through strong winds, heavy rain, and foggy mountains. The drive was well worth it! Cathedral Cove is beautiful. Even though it was raining the entire day, the hike was fun to get to the Cove and back and the Cove itself is stunning, located on a nice beach. The water was too rough to swim in, but we walked along the shoreline and took some great pictures. 

Back to the car for some more winding roads heading to a cheese factory. We went to the Cheese Barn and shared a cheese board. It was delicious! After we ate, we were back in the car and on our way to Rotorua, where we will be spending the next 4 days. During our drives in the last two days, we were amazed by the amount of greenery, the beauty of the landscape, and the crazy amount of cows and sheep we saw!
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Jonas on

Living the dream!! Enjoy every second!!!!!!!!!

Simone on

Hi Jason and Garyn - just read through your blog and caught up on your entries. Sounds like you are making the most of your travels. We loved New Zealand when we were there, but were a little more pressed for time than you. Can't wait to read more about your adventures! Safe travels.

jasonandgaryn on

Thanks, Jo!!

jasonandgaryn on

Hi Simone! Thanks for your comment. We are enjoying it for sure so far. Can't wait to experience more of this country!

Dad on

Jason, you've got more nerve than your old man. Driving on the wrong side of the road is tough but going through those windy roads with tough weather conditions made it even more challenging.

Sounds like you're having a fabulous time. Garyn, great commentary. Upon your return (if you come back) you can put the notes together and wait for the best seller to arrive. Keep up the good work!


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