Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Sunday, November 29, 2009

The drive from Rotorua to Matarangi went pretty smoothly in Paul and Niki's Toyota. We passed through some towns that, literally, all look the same, and some beautiful, green countryside. It's strange to see so much greenery again!

As we approached the Coromandel Peninsula, the road became increasingly windy as it snaked up and around the seafront cliffs (think the kind of road Jeremy Clarkson would dream about!). We reached a viewpoint at the summit of one of the large hills and pulled over to rest our queasy bellies as much as take in the gorgeous views! From there, the bach was located with the minimum of difficulties and we were so happy to find a great house to call home for a few nights. Big sofas, BBQ, comfy beds, power shower, big lawn...are we back in Delhi?!?!?!

We dumped our stuff and headed straight for the beach (a leisurely 2 minute walk!). It was so nice. Not boiling sunshine, so me and Paul had a kickaround as the girls looked for shells. Their are some uber-chic baches along the front...apparently one of the All-Blacks owns one of them!  After some fresh air and a tasty sandwich, ala Niki, we drove to the nearest village (25mins away) where we met Paul and Niki's buddy from Napier - Americ...the nice, but fairly crazy Frenchman.

That evening we treated ourselves to a delicious steak, cooked on the BBQ and 3 bottles of wiiiine!!

The following day, a little weary, we hopped into the little white Toyota beast and headed back into town to catch the last 20minutes of the All Blacks V France rugby match (tension rose between Niki and Americ).  Later the 5 of us drove to Hot Water Beach at the southern end of the Peninsula - such a cool place!! You dig a hole at certain 'hot spots' in the sand and hot water rises to the a sand bath! Some spots were so hot Niki and I burnt our feet!! It was a chilly-ish day too, so felt good to put our feet in the toasty water.  Later, when the weather brightened up, we headed to Cathedral Bay and saw some amazing sights whilst walking along the coast, and frolicking on the beach!! Much fun was had!!!!

Overall the weekend was very successful - we ate great food, drank some delicious wine and had good company...was a struggle for the four of us to leave the bach, but other lovely NZ places had to be explored (plus some people had to go back to work!).
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mad nan on

can see the two of you are looking well traveling is agreeing with both. you will never forget im sure the things experianced on this trip as its one of a life time. im looking forward to now to the next episode of this saga you should write a book hmmmmmm i feel as if i have its been with you all the way.lots of love nan xxxxxxxxxxxxx

kathy64 on

Nearing the end of your journey kids, bet your looking forward to getting back to the cold nights and wet weather here in Plymouth. Like Hayley she wishes she was back in Thailand after a few days. Enjoy Napia and Wellington next .

addycrocky on

Bet its nice to catch up with your friends and have a little bit of company. The scenery is something else - deserted beaches and great weather too. Bet you are looking forward to the last leg of the adventure - take care and see you soon

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