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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames September 15th 2009

Up super early to get onto the Stray bus. Our first stop was to go up Mount Eden which you guessed it is another Volcano. There is a grassy crater at the top and you can see all of Auckland from up there. We then got out of the city. Our next stop was a roadside fruit and veg stand. Vera and I decided to buy some veg to make a stir fry that night. We also bought a bag of kiwis because they were so cheap. We got a bag with like 24 kiwis for $2NZD. Crazy! We stopped in Thames and got a few more things for our stir fry and then the stray bus dropped us off at our hostel. We were the only 2 hopping off. There was a sign at the ... read more
Looking over auckland
Eden park
Nice and green

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames August 8th 2009

This is where I'm starting from.... read more

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

After finally kitting out the van to our own taste (with extra cushions for that homely touch), we head north of Rotorua and stay at a place next to the river called "Friendly Waiteti Family Trout Stream Holiday Park" which I admit sounds a bit like NZ's answer to Butlins (on a much smaller scale of course) but it was great - firstly, only 1 family as such who had a year old child which they whisked away to the other side of the park - excellent; and only about 3 other couples and that was it! Place was lovely and quiet. We picked a choice spot away from everyone else and right next to the river and just had the ducks and doves (there was a dovecote adjoining the owners house) for company. We went ... read more
Little boat on the river
River joining Lake Rotorua

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames January 17th 2009

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 ... read more
Our Retro Van for the night
you've got mail
abandoned mine shaft

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames November 28th 2008

Day 13 - Wednesday 26th We opened the curtains to a fantastic morning and great views from our room across to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Bay of Islands. Norm knocks on the door and brings Sparky to bid us farewell. He’s a lovely little cat and immediately gives us a star showing outside the chalet. It’s a pity we can’t stay longer. So off we go but it’s down to Waitangi for the third time because the camcorder lost all the video taken yesterday. It’s a good job we have the still cameras. The dash south to Thames is memorable only for the terribly bendy Highway 1. For a main spine road it’s a disaster, offering lots of things you didn’t expect in New Zealand, like heavy traffic, many roadworks and tailbacks, and some road ... read more
Dodgy Guest
Coromandel & Firth of Thames
David at Oputere Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames July 14th 2008

Friday 13th June. I had cancelled my flight to Melbourne that day for a very special occasion, which I felt very honoured to be a part of. Naeri, Take (Naeri’s son), Stuart, Meilia, Lorna’s mother, Taori her partner, and myself took the box with Lorna’s ashes up to a point where she had visited on their homeland. We scattered a lot of the ashes to the wind, to symbolise the air, and to 360 degrees around the landscape and buried the box with the rest into the Earth. The fire had taken place with the cremation in the UK, and some ashes had been given to the sea, so now the cycle of elements was complete, and the wood was all around too as we were in the bush surrounded by trees. The view was ... read more
Meeting up..
Naeri beside the Headstone
Lorna's resting place

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames May 27th 2008 Hello from Thames, which sits on the western shores of the Coromandel Peninsula, which you should be able to find on the map above. I'll try to give you a quick rundown of everything thats happened.. Thursday, the 22nd: I woke up at about 9 o'clock, and my friend- I had to stay at her house because the hostel wouldn't let me stay another night after I said I would leave Wednesday but got too drunk on Tuesday and was too hungover to leave on Wednesday- gave me a ride to the spot I was hitching from. I was out there for about 30 minutes when I got picked up by 2 girls in a van. They were Americans, from Tampa, a little older than me, and were heading to Mount Manganui. If Tauranga were ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames May 6th 2008

As capital cities go, Wellington isn't a bad place to spend a day or so, even for a couple of metropophobes like us! We spent a long time in Te Papa, the national museum on the waterfront with really interesting displays and interactive stuff on natural and cultural history (sadly the 'shear a blow-up sheep using bar codes' feature had been removed since 2001. The sheep may have popped!). We had also got tickets for the Super 14 rugby match between the Hurricanes (Wellingtons team) and the Crusaders. A great match and a good atmosphere in the 35000 seater stadium. Even though the 'Canes lost 20-13 everyone was very good natured about it as we poured back into the city centre pubs. Heading north, wet weather and low cloud put us off walking in the Tararua ... read more
Hot Springs at Waikite
Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames February 18th 2008

Day 2-Coromandel Adventures (Sat. 2/16) We headed south of Auckland on #1 and then east to the Coromandel Peninsula with no idea of what we might find. What we found was a 100 miles of some of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen. The Coromandel Peninsula is not really pushed in the travel propaganda. I think the Kiwis just decided to keep it to themselves. The drive from Thames to Coromandel up the west coast was just stunningly beautiful. Near Coromandel we ran into a bike rally and the hills were almost straight up. The bikes were having a hard time making it up the hills and our little rice burner barely made it. They were also having a motorcycle rally in Coromandel. There must have been 500 motorbikes in town. Evidently the narrow ... read more
Coast Rd-2
Coast Rd-3
Strange Tree

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Thames December 6th 2007

Heavy overnight rain, continuing this morning Tent seems to be coping with the rain, had to move a couple of pegs, though. Headed out for the Gold Mining Museum in Thames - a long drive, but hopefully uneventful. Drove south down Highway 25 from Whitianga - heavy rain and spray made overtaking impossible and got stuck behind a logging truck for ages. The advantage of New Zealand summer rainstorms is that it's still warm - 20/21 degrees, rather than the cold Atlantic summer rain we get at home. I suspect that the weather systems are making their way down from the warmer northern seas. The road went along the coast for a while and then turned inland and climbed over the hills. Like the rest of Coromandel, these were volcanic, with many of the red and ... read more

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