We only had a couple of night stop over in New Zealand as our round the world trip has to fly through Auckland. Not to say we didn't really want to stop there, we were just a bit exhausted, low on funds and had both already been to New Zealand, Jason to Auckland as well. Not to let the opportunity to see something else pass we decided to escape the city and head up to check out the Coromandel Peninsula. Hired a car and stayed a couple of nights in a very funky old retro caravan near Thames. Did a couple of driving excursions around the peninsula, a few walks to check out the huge Kari trees, and a hot soak at hot water beach. On our last day we went further south to see the old mines at Karangahake gorge. Drove back to Auckland for our evening flight to LA somewhat refreshed after a hectic few weeks in Australia.