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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames September 3rd 2016

Geo: -37.1422, 175.542Well, we left Auckland behind around 9 am, with packed lunch of lamb sausage sandwiches!Rather than driving straight here (maybe 75 mins) we drove the coastal road the long way, and stopped to photograph many views of the mountains on this peninsula, and every bird. Many attractive little parks and pull offs. We chatted with volunteers at the Miranda wildfowl sanctuary - unfortunately tide was out so the birds were scattered. We passed many beaches with signs saying you could gather 50 cockles each, each day. We were jealous of these modest houses with the million dollar views. Arrived at our B&B by about 3 and explored the lovely grounds. I keep thinking how much Robin would love to see all these exotic flowers growing in what seems to be an English garden. Palm ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames May 16th 2016

This is quite a tricky attraction to blog about. If I had been on my own, I would be writing differently but I wan't alone. I had my daughter and 3 year old granddaughter with me. I am passionate about butterflies and my nickname is The Butterfly Lady due to the work I do with Monarch Butterflies so I was very keen to visit the Butterfly Garden. The lovely lady at the desk pointed me towards a tiny fan heater inside that would dry out my camera lens as it would fog up in the high humidity. Yes, my camera hated the humidity and no, the fan heater didn't help. I eventually gave up and shoved it in my pocket and tried my iPhone instead. This worked better. My camera finally sorted itself out, right about ... read more
Misted up lens
Constant movement
It sat still!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames January 21st 2015

Wednesday 21/1/15Checking out day, two days go by very quickly. Packed and ready to leave Paihia by 9 ish on our way back South past Auckland and on to Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula. Some good advice from Craig, the manager at the Admirals View led to us turning off the main SH1 just before the toll and having lunch on the beach at Orewa, another tourist hotspot and no wonder. Driving over the bridge through Auckland at about 3.30 was interesting, 3 and 4 lanes of traffic sometimes crawling along and sometimes flying and cutting lanes. I was glad to get past it and back to the relative calm of the rest of the NZ roads. Tonight's accommodation is a B&B, apart from the scarily steep driveway in it seems nice. Thames is a very ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames April 20th 2012

New Zealand is blessed with numerous incredible beaches. Heading up the west coast of the North Island from Wellington, we discovered a black sand beach in Wanganui that extended into the horizon in both directions. The black sand is one of the remants from volcanic activity. Scattered along the beach are pumice stones and chunks of lava amongst the driftwood. North along the coast is Mount Taranaki - the most recent volcano in this area. In his early days, Sir Edmund Hilary developed his climbing skills on this mountarin. We tramped through the lush rain forest up to and just above the tree line, and that was high enough for us. Mount Taranaki looms over the nearby town of New Plymouth situated along the coast. We were fortunate to be camping close to where the town ... read more
Mt Taranaki (Egmont)
Road Sign
Forgotten World Valley

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames January 4th 2012

Bon bien me voici à Thames situé dans la péninsule de Coromandel.. 6 heures d'autobus depuis Pahia hier. Mais sur la route les paysages sont magnifiques, alors c'est plutôt plaisant de se déplacer ainsi. Pour ma dernière journée à Pahia j'ai visité Waitingi, l'endroit ou un important traité à été signé avec les Maori. Le site est magnifique. De cet endroit c'était le point de départ d'une belle marche de 10 km (allez-retour) pour les Haruru Falls. Les chutes sont plutôt décevantes, mais c'était la seule récompense rendu au bout du sentier. Mais la marche à travers la forêt et la mangrove valait la peine. Aucunes de mes photos peuvent rendre justice à la beauté de cette forêt. Le vacarme assourdissant des insectes et des oiseaux auraient suffit pour rendre ce trajet intéressant pour un aveugle. ... read more
Whare Watanga - Détails
Vers Haruru Falls
Dans la mangrove

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames December 7th 2009

OK, so I've finally succumbed to using the crap internet here long enough to write a blog. I've been in Thames for 3 weeks now and it's definitely time to move on! Not a lot has really happened here to mention, but I did get to see a Santa Parade, which appears to be a national thing whereby at Christmas every town has a little parade of various local businesses and such and then at the end someone is dressed as Santa. It was alright, quite nice to see a little town being all community spirited and that. What else? Well, one of the reasons I wanted to stay in one spot for a while was to really get in with the locals and not feel like such a tourist, which I achieved pretty well - ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames November 25th 2009

Hey all, just checking in so you know I'm still alive. Unfortunately, I have quite literally nothing to report at present. I've cleaned a garage, spruced up some fridges, mowed a lawn and worked in the office at the weekend and that's been pretty much my life since I got here. Saw a cool band though on Saturday and was surprised to learn the bass player was the drummers 60 year old mum. We had a laugh though when I chatted to the drummer afterwards and said how they played some songs my band did and he said "typical isn't it? you fly thousands of miles to the other side of the world just to hear the same songs..." Went for a bit of a run this evening (it was quite literally a "bit" of a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames November 1st 2009

I love Halloween. I was a little worried because the kiwis don't really celebrate Halloween but was actually very pleased with how the day went. I carved pumpkins with my Scottish roomie, Kat, who had NEVER done that before! The pumpkins in NZ in the spring are very small and white, not like pumpkins much at all, but they made pretty good Jack-O-Lanterns. After dinner Kat and I dressed up and went to the late night ((double feature!!!! Picture show! In the back row---f* the back row!!)) showing of Rocky Horror, complete with stage performance, encore Time Warp, and lots of men in lingerie. We went out for drinks afterwards and started talking with a couple of locals. One of the men, an old NZ farmer, was talking to me about politics and congratulated me on ... read more
NZ Jack-O-Lantern

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames October 24th 2009

So I was very skeptical of Thames at first, I'm not gonna lie (actually "skeptical" is a little soft, I HATED Thames at first haha). However, things have picked up quite a bit! I got here a few days ago, and am committed to two weeks of work here. The work is really not bad- it's cleaning and making beds and such, which I'm actually quite good at if I do say so myself. I know it's a dumb thing to be good at, but it's nice to do something well, even if it is just making beds and washing dishes and vaccuuming. I was super bummed about being stuck here for Halloween, and THEN I found out that the local musical theatre company is putting on Rocky Horror on Halloween night! When you buy your ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames September 18th 2009

Scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast this morning. MMMM. We decided to do a horse trek this morning so we went over and helped Nathan our guide to round up the horses. We got to brush our horses. Mine was named Ziggy. He was super cute. For an hour and a half horse trek it only cost us $27 NZD!!! Cheap! It was fun being back on a horse as it’s been a long time since I last was. We got to go through some creeks, some forest bits, open fields, up hills, down hills. It was fun! We also learnt a lot about the history of the area thanks to Nathan. He told us lots of cool Maori stories too. Got back to the farm and ate our lunch and then hopped back in the ... read more
ziggy!!
Me and Ziggy
on the drive back




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