Not sunny all the time!


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Published: January 18th 2011
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Good morning all
Suz and I returned last night from an amazing 2 day tour of the Coromandel Peninsula. Driving from here there was rolling hills and farmland and then we went up and up into the remains of a lot of volcanoes extinct many millions of years ago… so when the road signs said bends for 14km – it literally was bend after bend up and up and then down and down…then there would be another sign to say bends for 14km – and so it went . It was a very good road however and thought steep and winding there were barrier and good marking – not quite like nightmare drivingin South of France we have had. The views we had were so beautiful and every now and then we would come to a little town with unpronounceable Maori names like Waihi or Whatamake or Whataki or Whatasomething. We stopped and admired the beautiful beaches and bays and the little towns which in a NZ laid back manner still have Xmas decorations and Merry Xmas signs everywhere.
On our way we stopped at one of th many tourist i-sites – which have all the maps and info you could ever want –and they also book tours etc for you – so we booked onto a boat trip of the coast at Hahei. We were told to drive to a place and walk onto the beach to the blue tractor …and there it was –PARADISE!!! The beach there was stunning ( really I got no words to describe it) the water was turquoise, a beautiful sandy bay and rocks and islands in front of you. We knew that Cathedral Cove and Rock nearby were a real attraction but really the whole coastline here is heavenly. A few minutes later the boat came in – it was a rigid inflatable and held 8 people. We had to wade into the lovely warm water to get into the boat – which helped to cool us down anyway!!! And off we went –FAST!!!! I have never done a boat trip like that- the water was calm with just a little swell but we were bouncing along and spray coming up – very exhilarating. So we had 1 hour of exploring the coast stopping on the way to admire certain rock formations and going into some of the caves …I managed to take some great video shots- and finally we coasted into Cathedral Cove and Rock - there is a beautiful archway eroded into the rock and people can walk through – well there have been some rock falls and so they are not supposed to be walking through – but they are. WOW – fabulous –is all I can say… then we were in Stingray Cove – and you could just see there shadows in the water there…we were told to look out for a big fin as a great white had been spotted lately!!!! Don’t know if that was just a sailor’s yarn or the real thing!!! Best not to dwell on it. And so we were back on land – and I think that trip goes down as one of the most happy memorable events in my life along with snorkelling on the Barrier Reef, cross country skiing in Sweden, abseiling in the Lake District , the morning horse ride in Banf….some days stay with you forever as really special.
After that excitement we were getting hungry and found a nice bistro place in another little town – Whitianga- I had their special seafood chowder and Suz had their calamari salad– best we ever tasted.
So do you get the flavour of this trip – we so enjoyed it all - and I had booked us into a another of these small BBH hostels- more like staying in someones house with a few extra bedrooms and a kitchen. This time we were at Black Jack Lodge named after the mountain behind and the reef in front. A lovely place in a great location – by another lovely beach and by a river too …we had a little cabin – once the Bakehouse- it was so cute. There were chooks and baby chicks which Suz fell in love with and I am sure she wanted to smuggle one out.
Unfortunately it isn’t sunny all the time and by late afternoon we had rain and drizzle which did continue into the second day. It seems we had the tail end of a cyclone – most of which has been hitting Australia. But it was warm rain and we could sit out on our verandah and relax in the tropical garden…So altogether it was an amazing 2 day trip – and the second day again saw us circumnavigating the rest of the peninsula around the West coast – and after more and more bendy roads up and over mountains we had bendy roads hugging the coast.
And so back to our holiday resort at Mount Maunganui – and a very wet evening with rain lashing down…but we have woken today ( Wednesday) to clearer skies and a bit of wind so maybe it won’t be too bad a day after all….and will give us a rest from sunshine. I did buy a sun dress so I hope I haven’t put a jinx on the weather.
So enjoy these photos – love to everyone.
Lynne and Suz
Sorry if there are typos or spelling mistakes but I am in a bit of a rush.
PPS Had to take photo of Wilson Bay - my family name !!!



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18th January 2011

hello Lynne
Dear Lynne,the photos are stunning. Sounds as tho all is going well for you.Keep having a great time.Love from Suzanne and girls.xoxo
19th January 2011

Fantastic holidays
Hi lynne, enjoying your blog, we had a few farewells for Maggie, down to Sydney then off to Tassie with her daughter for a week, I hope the floods are gone by then. I am organising a B.B.Q. fundraiser for this Suinday 23/1/2011 for the group I belong too " Break-a -Leg Inc." most of the gang will be there. Kind Regards, Wilma.
19th January 2011

haven't forgotten about you!
Hi Lynne and Suz, unfortunately I'm just recovering from horrible flu which had me on my back and out of action for over a week, so I hadn't forgotten about you, just been unable to reply. Anyway, on the mend now so lovely to hear about how you are doing. Lynne you have a lovely way to describe things, you should look at writing a book! The photos continue to be amazing and it has made me want to visit NZ more than ever. Love to you both as you continue on your adventure x x
26th January 2011

Hi Girls
Looks like you are having a fab time, very jealous!! I think I visited Wilson Bay , what a beautiful country! Suz I did get your message about the change of venue, I have emailed them but no answer. Enjoy Wellington Lots of love Tracie
24th March 2011

wilson bay
first time i have googled wilson bay out of intrest, im a 4th generation wilson having grown up on the family farm. Brought by Mary and James Wilson in 1886,( both from ireland) and developed by descendants. I am currently living in the bay of plenty. The farm sold in 2009, it is nice to see my beginnings in this way, megan wilson, maybe we are related, ha
19th March 2012

HaHei
Just been reading all your NZ blogs - really reminding me of our 10 years in NZ!! We used to go to HaHei a lot - my mum and dad came on holiday with us there for a week - Jack was 7. Fabulous place. Went on the same boat that you went on! There was a couple on the boat with us all, and when we got off, we chatted and found out they lived in Purley, told them my sister lives in Purley,on the Webb Estate, they live on the Webb Estate, told them Annette's hubby is Alan Clarke - they knew him well, from being on the Residents Association!! Unbelievable!. So when we went back to London the following year, they came for drinks at Annette's ! Small world, eh (as they say in NZ)!

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