Trip Start Jan 24, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Had a great drive from auckland seeing some stunning scenery and bays; after fortifying ourselves with an organic vegetarian lunch, we rode the Driving Creek Railway through the Kauri Forest to the "Eyefull" lookout. Fantastic. Had written a lot more about this but I've just deleted it by accident!!
We were hoping to go stargazing and our luck held and we visited an enthusiastic astronomer in the dark hills near the coast...... We were able to see the moon and Jupiter through his telescope
Spent Monday visiting some of the stunning bays and beaches around Whitianga and took the ferry across the harbour to the marine reserve. Did our "big kid" bit at hot water beach along with lots of other "grown ups", digging holes to make hot water pools from the volcanically warmed water that can be accessed at low tide - great fun. Hobbiton tomorrow!!
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Ali & Simon on

Hey, just catching up with your travels - we spent 3 days on Coromandel when we visited NZ; it was right at the end of our holiday - chilling out time .....

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