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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel April 4th 2010

I got out on my first proper vacation since breaking my leg this Easter weekend. In addition to breaking out of Auckland I got to break in a new car. After going without a car since 2004 I purchased a car this last week. The selection of the type of car was inspired by my travels with friends in New Zealand where a larger vehicle would have come in handy to cross river fords, pack dive and camping gear, all the while ensuring comfort on NZ's winding roads. I got myself a Honda CRV and it was fun to drive. We got up early on Friday and drove to a friend's family batch in Coromandel, near Port Jackson. The batch was originally the quarry master's home from 1910 or so - the property (including quarry) had ... read more
Old quarry equipment
Granit wharf build with stone from the quarry
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town March 23rd 2010

As I had to get up anyway for a long day of travel between Napier and Mount Maunganui (MM from now on) which is on the coast next to the city of Tauranga, I set the alarm a bit earlier and watched the dawn, so I was among the first people in the World to see the sky lighten, turn golden and the sun come out. It was a good thing that I did, as an hour and a half later black rain clouds had covered the sky. The route took us back into the centre of the North Island and we made several stops to pick up and drop off people at some of the towns I had already visited on my way South, including Taupo and Rotorua. At the start of the trip we ... read more
Champagne Pool, W-O-T
Artist’s Palette, W-O-T
Bubbling mud, W-O-T

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei March 21st 2010

HAHEI, RAGLAN, WAITOMO, MAKETU... Valokuvia on taas niin paljon, että osa edelliseen blogiin liittyvistä kuvista on tässä, muun muassa kuvat jättiläissaniaismetsistä ja uusiseelantilaisista lehmistä.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Coromandel Town March 19th 2010

Au sud-est d'Auckland, la côte forme une péninsule appelée Coromandel, réputée pour sa beauté naturelle préservée. L'endroit est certes touristique, mais la fin de la haute saison l'a rendu presque aussi solitaire que l'East Cape ; c'est pas moi qui vais m'en plaindre. Pour le reste, cette entrée marque la fin de ma "Quête", débutée sur la colline d’Edoras, voici un mois et demi. Je ne saurai dire si l'on a gardé le meilleur pour la fin ; mais le plus reconnaissable, ça c'est très probable. Un dimanche à Hobbitebourg Matamata est un petit bourg agricole comme tant d'autres dans le pays, à quelque 60 km au nord-ouest de Rotorua. En y regardant de plus près, toutefois, il y a des choses un peu plus singulières qu'ailleurs : ce panneau planté au milieu du village, indiquant ... read more
Devant Cul-de-sac
Puisqu'on est la pour comparer...
... on va comparer !

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whangamata February 23rd 2010

Después de una semana de mucho trabajo nos decidimos por escapar nuevamente de Gizzy que es un pueblo re fome (aburrido). Las chilenas (Paula y Karen) nos invitaron a pasar un fin de semana a Whangamata un pueblito que queda en la península de Coromandel (próximo destino obligado) a 400km de acá. Como Paula esta pololeando con un kiwi y nos podíamos quedar en su casa nos pareció una buena oportunidad para despejar las cabecitas después de ver tanto zapallo. Salimos el viernes a la tarde después de un día de trabajo, nosotras dormimos casi todo el viaje y llegamos a eso de la una de la mañana. El pololo de Paula nos esperaba en la casa de un amigo, así que nos quedamos un rato ahí. Al otro día las chilenas nos deleitaron con un ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whangamata February 4th 2010

Having to work every weekend is turning into a trend so hubby and I decided that on Thursday we would go somewhere if the weather was nice...yes BEACH DAY!!! We had just recently been to the Cormonadel where hubby read up about Opoutere Beach. and it all sounded good so we decided to head there. It is a 2 hour drive from Auckland but that was not to defeat us. We had checked the weather forecast the night before so we were a bit dumbfounded as to why it was chucking it down with rain in the Coromandel while we were driving there. It was a bit disconcerting as well because we seemed to have left the sunshine back in Auckland. Anyway upon arrival at least the rain had stopped and the sun was attempting to ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel January 25th 2010

It's not all in the planning I am not often impromptu when it comes to planning trips but this turned out to be one of them. I had written Coromandel on our calendar from the beginning of January when I had gotten my list of shifts but that was as far as it went except for the occasional question of 'Are we going to the Coromandel?' which never really got answered. Suddenly it's Wednesday and I start talking out loud of what we can do on the weekend as I have just done a run of 8 shifts in a row and am looking forward to the time off! Hubby mentions the Coromandel and before I know it I am booking us into a hostel for two nights in Coromandel Town. I write up a quick ... read more
Over the Bridge we go...
The goldmine experience
It's not just a sign

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel January 25th 2010

Coromandel to Christchurch - 1st to 2nd Jan The first day of 2010 began with a bit of a lie in but after we had rose we were welcomed in the kitchen by scrambled eggs on bagels which Raewynne had prepared for us, which was just what the doctor ordered to prepare us for the day ahead. We had decided that we were going to make our way back to Auckland in time for our flight back to Christchurch (on the South Island) the following day, so we began to pack our bags ready once more for our onwards travels. Having packed and eaten, Raewynne offered to take us for a drive to see where her Great Grandmother lived and the school she used to teach at as well as seeing some of the Coromandel coast ... read more
Surfing Santa on a lamppost!
Paddling in the beautiful Coromandel waters
The school where Raewynnes Great Grandmother used to work

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga January 11th 2010

The Coromandel Peninsula is a favorite get-away for stressed-out Aucklanders. A quick (ish) 2 hour drive east of Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula is a wonderful mix of mountains, forests, and pretty beaches. Tiny towns from the gold mining era line the west coast. But it is along the slightly more populated east coast where the hordes (such that they are - this isn't the Hamptons) soak up the sun on pristine white sand beaches. The small but cute town of Whitianga is a popular base for exploring the Coromandel. Just a quick drive away from Whitianga is the famous "Hot Water Beach" where you can grab a shovel and dig, dig, dig your very own hot tub in the sand. Hot Water Beach sits on top of one of the many (hundreds? thousands?) of thermal springs ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga January 9th 2010

Navidad Y ano nuevo! Les contamos que este ano las fiestas fueron diferentes para ambas, pero aunque argentina se extrano un poco, pudiimos remediarlo ya que en tanto en navidad y ano nuevo estuvimos compartiendolo con gente de alla y tambien comiendo un rico asado, aca van las fotos para que vean lo lindo que lo pasamos...... read more
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