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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi December 2nd 2010

‘I’m going upstairs now’ William has just told me … and we are living in a Toyota Previa! For the next 19 days William and Emily will be sleeping in a top-box, as their mother and father fight for inches and the duvet in what we are already calling ‘the hearse’. Spaceships© are cool. Spaceships© are groovy … perhaps the images on the website of lots of cheerful, carefree and (importantly) very flexible twenty-somethings should have given it away! The permutations of eating, cooking, sleeping, storing and driving for a family of four all within a volume less than a typical downstairs toilet would surely have challenged Mr Rubik! Awake this morning by 7.00 am (Yes – including Diana!) it still took us nearly three hours to leave the campsite … granted there was some ‘horror’ ... read more
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Walk through an ancient forest to Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel December 2nd 2010

Day 5 A long, uninterrupted sleep for a change. A quick check on the TV news revealed that the headline story was about a man killed in a tractor accident. Apparently, while we slept, we also missed the switching on of the “famous” Franklin Road Christmas lights by the mayor of Auckland. If only we had known we could have done it! After breakfast went back to the airport by bus and took a shuttle from there to the Campervan hire place just off the airport complex. Whizzed through a familiarisation hour and off on the road in the afternoon. Van was similar to a Transit van but another 6 feet longer with windows all round. It was easy to drive though and came with automatic gears and was a diesel so cheaper to run. It ... read more
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Shelly Beach
Otama Beach - all to ourselves

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town November 30th 2010

Auckland to Coromandel (Well, let’s be honest, Auckland to Coromandel via all suburbs of Auckland SE and SW of the great Route 1 South Highway!) Whilst picking up the Spaceship© (ie small car masquerading as camper – won’t we all have lots of fun until it rains!) was straight forward, as was driving on the left in a RH-drive car-like vehicle , following our instructions to return to the highway was anything but. Our initial feelings that Auckland was a small city were completely squashed today as we drove through lots and lots of interlinked suburbs (with absolutely no signs telling you how to get away from them) – so that is where the 1.3 million people live! Finally, and swallowing all pretensions to be an Englishman abroad, I stopped and asked for directions. Five minutes ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei November 13th 2010

Walked to Cathedral Bay in the morning. Drove to Hot Water beach in the afternoon - which is exactly what it is. Two hours before and after low tide you can dig a hole in a particular area and it fills with hot water. We were like kids again with our spade!! We dug a hole and wallowed for ages - it was great. There was quite a party atmosphere sharing our hole with strangers and sometimes it was so hot we had to shift along a bit!... read more
hot water beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei November 11th 2010

Day 8 Wednesday Up and off by 10ish. Long journey today driving down through Auckland and then east to Hahei on the Coromandel Penninsula. Took most of the day. Lovely B&B 200 yards from the beach, had supper at the local pub and after a walk to the beach and a paddle off for an early night. ... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel October 29th 2010

We set off with every expectation of getting to our next destination in about 4 hours - funny! Just as we got north of Auckland the traffic starting picking up and then, stop we were in a traffic jam and we crawled all the way through Auckland (with lovely views of the sky tower though and the harbour, you can see why they call it the city of sails). We assumed that the whole population of NZ were in Auckland today!!!! It took us over an hour and a half just to get through the city but gradually the traffic eased as we travelled up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsular and the roads got smaller and smaller until there was just a ‘narrow’ road with ocean on one side and steep cliffs on the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whangamata October 18th 2010

As Fern and I were taking a shortcut to the mall Friday afternoon were walked through a swampy gully with a boardwalk. The path was packed with beautiful trees and a birds and a little trickling stream and was simple magical looking! Fern was laughing at me for being so enthralled by everything I saw and promised me that if I thought the “smelly swamp” was pretty, I would go absolutely bonkers when we got to the beach. She was right but more about that later. I should really document all this in chronological order. So after our walk around the shopping center Fern and I continued our tour around the neighborhood by stopping by the most incredible playground I’ve ever seen! New Zealand is a world leader in extreme adventure sports and is undoubtedly home ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town October 8th 2010

Hello again everyone! I’m in Coromandel (the town) now, we spent the night before last in Whitinaga (pronounced ‘Fity-anga’) a small town in the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. We went to the Hot Water Beach and dug a hole to soak in but found that the water was hot enough to boil a lobster so we had to find another place to dig a hole where it was slightly cooler. Anika, Kerstine, and Lena all thought that my newly bleached hair (I’ll get some pictures up after we leave Coromandel because I only have 60MB transfer here) had no practical uses, but who sees me but Tim and Luisa who took their weekend off to relax at the beach and do the Cathedral Cove hike. The only reason they were able to recognize me ... read more


Hi it is Laura again. I hope all is good with you all. Now where did Sam leave off… We felt ready to leave the South Island and that all our expectations and hopes had been met. Christchurch definitely highlighted this: its best use the airport and our exit. Unfortunately our day of departure was long and when our shuttle bus driver for the airport turned up 30 mins early at 6 am we were not best pleased. Mam I can hear you laughing now imagining trying to move me at such time in the morning. Once at the airport we faced two flights and a bus to get us to our end destination that day, Lake Taupo at 17:30. Both flights were short and pleasant as we flew Air New Zealand. We did however have ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel April 12th 2010

Coromandel is a peninsular on the north eastern part of the main part of the north island if you know what I mean - it’s quite hard to explain where it is without a map but anyway, it’s north of Rotorua. We headed in that direction as we’d read that there was a beach there called hot beach where we could dig a hole in the sand and the geothermal activity below would allow the sea water to be heated up so that we could bathe in our own freshly dug hot spring pool. Imagine having a bit of a laugh digging out a hole in the sand similar to when you were a child at the beach, basking in the gorgeous sunshine on a beautiful beach with amazing views and then lying down, relaxing in ... read more
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