Coromandel Peninsula

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , Waikato,
Monday, January 28, 2013

Some people who were fortunate enough not to share our sad news thought we had retired the blog so here are some pictures to catch up on the last few days.

After leaving Rotorura we made our way up to Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel peninsula and found a freedom camping ground at Cathedral Cove. The main town on the peninsula is Coromandel which is named after a British supply ship in 1820. It is the focal point of the rugged rural peninsula which has great sandy beaches and a fantastic coast road. With all the beauty of South Island, we stayed on the penisula for a second night after a short drive north to Fantail Bay.

As always with freedom or DOC camping, everyone is magnificently friendly and our new neighbours for the night were a cracking Kiwi family who had converted a huge lorry into a campervan – they really did have everything including the kitchen sink.  They kindly lent us their 2-man canoe and we ventured into the bay despite the sea conditions being a touch too harsh.  It was even more fun when M caught a Kingfish and landing it while K steered the canoe in high seas caused an interesting exchange.

We could have stayed in Fantail Bay for a week, but sadly we headed back south and up to Auckland. We did make a decision while driving (again) that our planned route was too ambitious given our available time, so we decided not to head to the very top of 90 mile beach and have extra chill time in the Bay of Islands.

In Whangarei we saw the most ridiculous self-service, coin operated 'Dog  Wash‘N Dry' which had us in stiches. This timid dog would have sat in any kitchen sink, but the proud owner wanted to pay the $6 to give him a treat.
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