A Lovely Relaxing Weekend in the Coromandel

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

We spent a fantastic Queen's birthday long weekend away with friends at their bach in Pauanui in the Coromandel. 

Pauanui is a place that we missed during our whistle stop tour of the Coromandel back in the winter of 2008.  Since moving to NZ we had heard only great things about the place, so we drove through the darkness, with a certain amount of excitement about spending the long weekend enjoying friend's company and great scenery.  Due to one thing and another, we didn't hit the road until after the long weekend rush, it meant that the journey was relatively quick and stress free, however, it did mean that the miles were completed in darkness.

Poor Sarah and Hannah had got bored of waiting for Lucy and Dan to arrive and had collapsed on their beds from exhaustion.  Perhaps a blessing in disguise really as it meant that Lucy and Dan were happy to get to bed too on arrival.

The morning saw sunshine peeping out through the fluffy clouds, and Jeff and Cullum disappearing off to the golf course.  Apparently it is a regular pass time for Cullum, Jeff just went along for the ride and acted as the caddy!  Whilst they were gone we headed for the beautiful Pauanui beach only minutes away by scooter and push bike.  The kids had a ball running along the beautiful white powdery sand, collecting shells and skipping through the shallow waves.  Whilst the children played, Justine and I checked out the amazing houses which looked out over the ocean and I decided which one I would buy if we were to win the lottery!  If only.......................

After lots of fresh sea air, we headed back to the bach to wait for the boys return before having a quick lunch and then heading back to the beach and around the headland to a secret beach.  The walk took us along a sea shell path, much to Lucy and Dan's delight.  They kept stopping to pick up more beautiful shells, and once their pockets were filled to over flowing they starting to fill ours.  Once around the headland, we could hear the waves crashing on to a pebble beach.  The sound was amazing, the waves were pretty spectacular too, far more wild and uncontrolled than the sandy beach around the corner.  We found smooth tree trunks to sit down on and watch the waves crashing on to the steep beach, whilst the children took great pleasure in throwing pebbles as far out into the waves as they possibly could.

We then wandered back to the bach for afternoon drinks before a hearty evening meal and yet more drinks!

Sunday saw dark rain clouds congregating over the coastline - rain, rain and yet more rain.  Every time we thought it was beginning to ease, we were sadly mistaken.  We spent a leisurely morning at the bach, reading magazines and searching through Trademe!  By early afternoon we decided to venture out for some fresh air down at the beach, regardless of the weather.  Thank goodness we had left our 'outdoor' box in the back of the car - we had a coat/hat/gloves for every occasion, as well as Lucy and Dan's waterproof trousers.  They were so excited to wear them as they had been bought a year earlier for our last visit to Scotland and due to the fantastic weather we experienced they never made it out of the wrapping!  Thank goodness, we had over estimated with the sizing - a year later they were rather on the large size!

Down at the beach, the waves were amazing, crashing on to the beach.  Some over enthusiastic surfers could be seen amongst the spray, making the most of the waves.  Both Jeff and I admitted later that we wished we had packed the boards, it would have been quite an experience, if just a little cold and miserable.  Lucy, Sarah and Hannah soon got fed up of the weather and headed back to the bach with Justine while Dan was more than eager to continue - he wasn't bothered by the torrential rain.  He was intent on collecting yet more shells and pieces of drift wood, as well as, splashing through the waves, then the ever deepening puddles on the pavement.  Eventually, even Dan had had enough and we headed back to the bach like drowned rats.  Dan continued to enjoy splashing through the huge puddles and getting Daddy to film him............he loved it :-)  Once back at the warmth of the bach and  after a change of clothes it was time for Pims and a roast chicken dinner :-)

Monday didn't look too promising to begin with, however, after breakfast, the sun was beginning to break through the clouds.  The holiday Monday was going to be a sunny one, thank goodness!  We decided to catch the little ferry over to Tairua for fish and chips and a wander around the shops and park.  The weather was once again very mild, considering it was meant to be the middle of winter.  The kids enjoyed the character of the tiny ferry while the adults admired the views and the awesome waves,crashing on the beach over on the Pauanui side.  Fish and chips were fabulous, sitting on a picnic bench over looking the ocean and the wonderful views, with a crowd of seagulls waiting for any offerings that Daniel was prepared to give them.  I wonder whether their mouths water when they are hungry like us?!  Standing just far away, watching our every mouthful!  The shops in Tairua looked great - just my type of shop and Jeff's worst nightmare - shonet as Fiona used to call it!  Unfortunately due to the timings of the ferry we didn't have time.......................it will have to be next time!

All too soon, Monday was over and it was time to head back towards Titirangi, thankfully once the evening rush had passed, meaning that we made good progress and the children were not too late to bed.

How lucky were we, we had such a wonderful time, enjoying great views,
great company and great food and drink!  Thank you so much.

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