Blogs from Pauanui, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel Peninsula » Pauanui November 15th 2016

There is a reason why New Zealand is so can rain a lot, and for our two first days on the North Island, raining a lot it would be. We had another Emirates flight today, direct from Brisbane to Auckland. Impressive to think that Emirates has today 3 flights a day between Australia and New Zealand, all on the giant A380, they must take a huge share of that market! Early morning flight, and last night, the South Island of New Zealand had been hit by a 7.5 earthquake next to Kaikoura. This is the best place to swim with dolphins, see blue whales and eat some crayfishes. So the place was packed with tourists. Good news, as there was only casualties for such a strong earthquake. The roads are cut, people are stranded, but ... read more
Nice Pinot Noir!
Pauanui beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel Peninsula » Pauanui January 4th 2015

Après avoir travaillé le 31 Décembre pour finir en superbe soirée avec les amis et commencer la nouvelle année de la meilleure des façons, nous avons décidé de partir quelques jours en vacances (eh oui le 1 & 2 Janvier sont fériés ici). Direction le Coromandel. Un collègue de travail d'Astrid (Mike) nous a gentiment convié dans sa résidence secondaire pour passer quelques jours avec eux pendant leurs vacances annuelles. La France n'est jamais bien loin, destination : Holland Road. C'est bien la première fois depuis notre arrivée que nous avons croisé autant de véhicules sur la route, après 2h de voiture la destination paradisiaque nous tendait les bras. Un marche au bord de l'eau en escaladant les cailloux (sans nous faire d'entorses avec les tongues) nous a permis de découvrir des artistes jouant avec les ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel Peninsula » Pauanui December 21st 2011

Pauanui isn't far from Tairua by boat, but we decided to take the long way round by car. We checked out the massive baches (ie holiday houses) on the waterways, did some shopping and grabbed lunch before heading back to Tairua. With the tide coming in, it was the perfect time to do some kayaking before having another chilled out evening at our backpacker's, including dinner in the "treehouse". Later on, Dean went pipi hunting... I'm still not convinced these pipis actually exist!... read more

Saturday morning brought with it blue skies and bright winter sunshine. The weather couldn't have been more different from the yesterday - nor more welcome. We started our day with bike ride through Pauanui town and across to an area of canal-like waterways that looked interesting on the map. We came to a stop at a wooden octagonal showroom which had a sign offering free views across the canals. A lady sitting inside the sales office came out to say hello and instead of giving us an unwanted sales pitch, she kindly produced a bunch of maps and leaflets about the area for us to take away. She suggested we bike along the boardwalk nearby which we hadn't seen on any maps but sounded like a grand idea. The road to the boardwalk took us downhill ... read more
Biker Babe
Boardwalk Biker
Helmet Heads

One of the most popular destinations for Aucklanders going on holiday is the Coromandel Peninsular, a large jut of moutainous land sticking up to the east of the Auckland region. Despite the fact that it's so close to Auckland, Glynn and I have never made it over that way - mainly because it is always so popular and we tend to shy away from crowded holiday destinations. With winter fast approaching though, it shouldn't be too busy at all. We left Auckland on Thursday afternoon and arrived in the little resort town of Pauanui around 1.5 hours later. The road was easy going up until the rickety old Kopu Bridge, a single lane wooden structure that links the Auckland region to the Coromandel. One way in, one way out. The government recently announced a replacement bridge ... read more
House and Plane
Keep Out!
Pauanui Coast

My luggage finally was delivered and I had my true test driving on the left hand side of the road with our drive to Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula. At about half way point the road took us into the mountains, narrow very windy, up and down with many turns and no shoulders plus a steady stream of traffic coming the other way. We are staying at the Grand Mecure Puka Park resort in a chalet within the forest. Upon our arrival we setoff for a walk to and along the beach, a long sandy beach with breaking surf and mountain islands out to sea. Our walk back took a little longer since our resort is on the side of the mountain and the climb up was a little breath-taking. On the 20th we ventured forth ... read more
Pauanui Beach
Pauanui Beach
Pauanui Beach

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