Blogs from Waihi, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi November 18th 2018

16th November Woke up at 7.15, needed to be off site by 8am. Shoved some cereal down my thought, got dressed, packed the van up. No time for a cuppa. Head in to town, first things first, NEED coffee. Will anywhere be open, it is still only 7.50. I spy a bakery with tables out on the pavement, park up and get a LARGE flat white. I sit an the table outside watching the world go by as I sip it. After about 30 minutes, I begin to feel awake. I really have no idea what to do with my day. I have a walk through town, pick up a few supplies and get back to the van. I have a look through the brochures and maps and decide on Waihi. There is a walk around ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi March 25th 2016

Another night of high winds, this time accompanied by rain, so this put an end to our original plan to do a 90 minute morning walk to Cathedral Cove. Instead, we packed up and set off southwards towards Waihi Beach. Waihi itself is an old gold and silver mining town and it had the look of gold rush towns that we've all seen in American movies. We pitched the motorhome around lunchtime in the grassy section of a car park. Car park conjures up a crude, jam-packed and soulless image when actually it was a DOC site that overlooked the tranquil and pretty Anzac Bay with a sandy beach just 20ft away from our front door. We played some games around the table as the rain continued and then, for a bit of entertainment, we all ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi August 1st 2011

Erstes Ziel am heutigen Tage war an der Bay of Plenty die Stadt Whakatane. Hier wurde auf vielen Flyern das Schwimmen mit Delphinen angeboten. Dort angekommen, mussten wir leider erfahren, dass wir zur falschen Zeit am richtigen Ort waren. Die Delphine halten sich in den Wintermonaten nicht mehr an der Küste auf, sondern schwimmen weiter draußen in der Bucht. Nach kurzer Beratung entschlossen wir uns dazu, den sonnigen Tag im Camper zu verbringen und bis zur Coromandel Halbinsel zu fahren. Unseren ersten Halt legten wir am Waihi Beach ein. Dort konnte man an einem schönen Sandstrand außergewöhnliche uns sehr seltene Muscheln finden. Die schönsten und größten haben wir natürlich für euch mitgenommen. Mal schauen, wie die Muscheln die lange Reise nach Hause überstehen werden. Danach fuhren wir weiter nach Hahei. Dieses schnuckelige Örtchen ist der Ausgangspunkt ... read more
Kiwi Lookout
Muscheln, Waihi beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi April 15th 2011

I got the 7am ferry and had a nice sunrise trip to Auckland and desided to get the train out of the city. I started at Pukekohe and headed east. Was very bad roads to start with lots of trucks but that only lasted 10k then it was all go. The rest of the road was really fast b est yet. The ride through the gorge was great but not much room on the roads i had to be really carefull. I got into Waihi at 5. i went into count down for a feed and while in there seen all me gear and asked where i was staying to night, i replayed out the bush somewhere. He insisted i came and stay at his place witch i did. The guy was gream and a nice ... read more
Train out of Auckland
Gorge to Waihi

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi January 11th 2011

Finally some sun!We bought body boards so we could make the most of the surf. The waves were massive, 5 to 6 feet. The water was clear, the sky was blue and the sand was hot hot hot! The next day we went to see "Marths's Mine", a gold mine that used to be underground tunnels but is now a big open cast mine. When they have finished mining they will fill it up with water to make a swimming/boating lake, it will take many years to fill.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi December 30th 2010

OK so I’m still a bit behind on this whole blogging thing but again, you haven’t missed much. The next few days after Christmas were mainly spent just hanging out with my family. We did a little driving around and a lot of hanging around. I believe I even got to see some of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, the Schweaty Balls sketch from Saturday Night Live and my cousin Michael attempted to figure out the game of cricket. We did learn that it has the most ridiculous names of plays. Like the silly cross leg, the pondivit wally wash, the stanky leg Britannica, and a bunch of other nonsense I cant remember. Unfortunately, I am unable to retrieve the 3 hours of my life spent attempting to understand that strange game. We did spend a day ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi December 2nd 2010

‘I’m going upstairs now’ William has just told me … and we are living in a Toyota Previa! For the next 19 days William and Emily will be sleeping in a top-box, as their mother and father fight for inches and the duvet in what we are already calling ‘the hearse’. Spaceships© are cool. Spaceships© are groovy … perhaps the images on the website of lots of cheerful, carefree and (importantly) very flexible twenty-somethings should have given it away! The permutations of eating, cooking, sleeping, storing and driving for a family of four all within a volume less than a typical downstairs toilet would surely have challenged Mr Rubik! Awake this morning by 7.00 am (Yes – including Diana!) it still took us nearly three hours to leave the campsite … granted there was some ‘horror’ ... read more
Upstairs ...
Walk through an ancient forest to Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi November 27th 2008

Wet and windy Whangarei to sunny Shelly Bay: Coromandel Peninsula Wednesday 26th November 2008 Every other Kiwi male has a moustache! That’s because they call this month Movember and grow moustaches for charity donations. We’re wondering whether they will all be shaved off next week on 1st December or kept for Christmas. Yesterday’s journey from Whangarei down to the Coromandel Peninsula was one of complementary colours, red and green; green lush sub-tropical vegetation and red road cones. New Zealanders have the English habit of leaving miles of red cones restricting traffic and closing lanes all along the highway where nobody is working! Fortunately, unlike in England, traffic isn’t heavy so it didn’t cause too much stress and road rage. Every so often we spotted a few moustachioed workmen holding up “Stop” and “Go” signs and roadwork ... read more
Orewa Beach
Firth of Thames
Shelly Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi November 19th 2008

We did some walks before we left Hahei. There is a really nice water worn rock they call Cathedrel cove about 30 min for our backpackers that we wanted to see before we left. After that it was down to Waihi. Well we took a long deture because Niv (the guy I am traveling with) wanted to see some gold mines or something. Anyways it wasn't on that road so we went all the way back to Thames and then back over to Waihi. Just outside of Thames there is some walks that take from 2 hours to 5 days. We took the 2 hour one and put on our backpacks to see what it was going to be like for 5 days. It wasn't so bad for me but Niv had alot of stuff he ... read more
From the beach
Old loggin tracks

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Waihi August 14th 2008

Mountain biking one last time in Rotorua didn't work out due to storms, so we headed up to climb Mount Maunganui. We had thought we would spend the entire day there and head to Tauranga for the night, but sometime early in the afternoon we found ourselves back in Waihi at the back door to the Burrowing Bullie. Christoffel and Alison are opening the bar on Friday, so we thought we could lend a hand or two. We are working through all the last-minute fiascos, trying to make the deadline. It hasn't slowed down, and there is still a lot to do before 5:00pm tomorrow. We are making it fun, though! I made them cheese curds at Jack's request (go Wisconsin) and taught them how to make a Cosmopolitan Martini and different garnishes for cocktails, so ... read more

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