Wild night but here safe and sound

Trip Start Feb 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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The Landing Motel

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, March 3, 2012

It was a wild night in the Coromandel. Diane told you about the weather bomb heading for NZ. It wasn't expected to be too severe where we were staying in Coromandel Town but at 2:30 am we had really stong winds. It sounded like a freight train going through. I've never experienced anything like that. I was sure the wind was gong to rip the roof right off our accommodation. Luckily the gale didn't do any damage at our location but it took a long time to get back to sleep with the wind shrieking around us.

Previous to our stormy night, it was a very pleasant evening. We went for a nice dinner at a restaurant called Umu. We got talking with some locals named Wayne and Michele who invited us to their home after dinner and showed us a lovely time. They showed us around their 1.6 acre property on which they are able to keep 2 sheep and some chickens, grow olives, 2 kinds of grapes, tangelo, lime,peach, apricot, plum, apple, and orange trees, plus a vegetable garden and herb garden. They have a lovely big modern home plus a guest cottage that they rent out. All that on 1.6 acres.

Even though we had a fierce wind this morning, we didnt get the rain that was expected so we packed up and headed off to our next destination hoping that we wouldn't run into severe weather along the way. Because of the bad weafher we didn't get to go down the east side of the peninsula and see the hot water beach that Cathy wrote about. The wind howled all day and we ran into heavy rains here and there but it wasn't too bad. Our Camry is such a great touring car, we rarely felt the wind and no trouble driving through downpours.

We are now in Whakatane, by the on the Bay of Plenty in a beautiful 2 bedroom motel apt. It is brand new and has a lot of luxuries like a spa tub and a heated towel rack and a dishwasher. Can't wait to try the spa tub with all those jets. It is huge, like a small swimming pool! We are here for 3 nights. There is even free laundry and decent wifi.

We are hoping to get some beach time at Ohope Beach while we here. It will all depend on the weather. There are other interesting things to do in this area so I am sure will be able to occcupy ourselves. And for sure we will be telling you all about it!

Bye for now

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Erin H on

Sometimes wild weather adds a certain element to a trip, eh? Was the sky wild? Does it smell the same after a rain there? Your photos are gorgeous...everything looks so crisp. I try to imagine myself there ;o)
Don't give up on the sheep.

dlaldous@telus.net on

Hey ladies...didn't anyone ever tell you not to go to strangers houses? We're going to have to send a chaperone with you next time (I volunteer for the job!). Glad you're safe, and thanks for sharing your adventures!

Eileen on

All that on less than two acres! I had no idea
olives grew in New Zealand. Not sure why I thought that.
A few years ago Jerry and I spent a week on an olive farm in
Italy. The owner sent us back with the most heavenly olive oil.
Thanks for stirring that memory.
Glad the storm didn't rip off any roofs.
Bad weather in the states. Tornados south and midwest.
Enjoy the spa tub.

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