The North Island has had tonnes of rainbows. We have thought to name our journeys "Fetching Rainbows Tour 08". Theme song, "Somewhere over the rainbow . . ." The problem is, Kirby only knows those exact words of the whole song.
We had a great time along the coast. We came across many rainbows, took a round of golf in Tauranga, and slept beside a kiwi orchard! We even gathered some fallen kiwis off the ground for a snack.
We stumbled across "Beach Hop 2008" when we pulled into a town to 'skip to the loo'. There were cars lining every street and we knew something was up so made our way toward the crowds. It was a big celebration of the 50's and 60's with a large car show, sock hop dance competition, numerous vendors, and four live stages. There were thousands of people to watch. We stayed a few hours before continuing on our way.
We stopped at the infamous Hot Water Beach which has springs flowing up from underground. At low tide you can walk out and dig a hole to sit in and it fills up with hot spring water. Unfortunately our timing was way off and we missed low tide. We didn't stick around for the late late night tide but enjoyed the nice beach instead.
It became quite rainy so we spent our time in the town of Coromandel in a neat cafe
We have enjoyed getting to know the signs of New Zealand. They are very friendly and their suggestions are very appreciated. However, sometimes we can not understand their accent.
where we made friends with the locals - a black lab and a cat! They snuggled us as we wrote emails, skyped, and savored our coffees.
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