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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga February 9th 2016

The majority of the day yesterday was spent travelling to the Coromandal, a 6 and a half hour drive time to our campsite at Mercury Bay. As we came into the Coromandal Peninsula we had the most amazing views which I don't even think the pictures have done justice, well worth the drive. Even the weather has perked up for us today, sunshine the entire day.. Things are looking up! ☀️ Today we went to Hot Water Beach in the morning it's rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world and I can see why, it is pretty cool and well worth a visit. If cost 5 bucks to rent a spade from the cute cafe on the beach front and further down amongst a rocky outcrop you can dig a hole in the ... read more
Views into Coromandal
Rich digging me a spa pool 👌🏻
When you realise that Hot Water Beach is actually hot..

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga December 16th 2015

On Sunday had a pot lunch at Leo's nieces house, plenty of wine, also homemade gin and tonic there was enough food to feed the 5 thousand, left about 6pm to stop the night at Paula's house, started on the homemade gin again, then tried homemade bailys cream it was very nice.On Monday traveled back up north to Paunanui, had 2 nights there, went over to Tirauri to climb the extinct volcano core very hard climb almost vertical, left their on Wednesday morning to get up to Coromandel town, to travel on the dry creek railway. On the way their took a short cut over the mountain from east to west, the road turned out to be a gravelled single track road,very scary as the bends where all switchbacks and steep drop offs, got to the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga February 12th 2015

Well we managed to change the car, bit of haggling required and a wasted couple of hours but we now have a nearly new Toyota Corolla and it has no smell and doesn't roll from side to side, goodbye to the barf mobile!!! We have moved onto a region known as Coromandel. The scenery is spectacular and everything is so green and lush, it's beautiful. We went walking on the Coromandel peninsula the other day. The walk was 10km and we thought that would be no problem. I had read some of the reviews about the walk and most people just do it one way and arrange transport to pick them up at the other. But not for the Bennetts we are not faint hearted and do not shirk a challenge! So after a 2.5hr drive ... read more
Hiking around the coastal path
Hot Water Beach only not so hot!
Walking n Lonely Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga May 28th 2014

Donderdag 15 Mei 2014: Ik heb een goede nacht gehad in de jeugdherberg en vandaag sla ik er wel in om op te tijd te vertrekken. Ik moet echter nog en kleine omweg maken terug naar het centrum voor inkopen omdat ik niet weet of ik nog een degelijke supermarkt tegenkom vandaag. Via wat achterwegen kan ik het centrum van Rotorua verlaten. Ik kom nog langs het meer waar de zon mooi op reflecteert. Ik neem de weg naar Mamaku om de hoofdbaan nog een tijdje te mijden. Deze klimt langzaam zonder al teveel moeite naar 570m en ik was op 300m vertrokken vanmorgen. In Mamaku zou er nog een achterweg verder lopen maar volgens de borden zou het dood lopen. Ik besluit om het niet te riskeren. Nadeel is dat ik op de hoofdweg beland ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga January 21st 2013

This week, we've started to experience slightly more 'New Zealand-y' weather - we've had a couple of mornings spent hiding inside, waiting for the rain to let up so that we can go out exploring...I (Hazel) can confirm that my new cagoul works just fine though!! On Wednesday morning, after a one-night stop-over in Auckland, we hopped back onto the Magic bus at 7am and arrived at Thames, at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula, around 9:30am. We had booked a connection bus with Go-Kiwi that afternoon and a nights accomodation to give us a day and a half in Thames, after over-estimating the excitment of the town. After three hours we realised our mistake and re-arranged our plans to spend an extra day on the Coromandel! The driver of the Go-Kiwi shuttle was really helpful ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga October 16th 2012

14.-16. Oktober: Sonntag, Montag und Dienstag Waipoua Kauri Forest ( Tane Mahuta ), Reisetag nach Snells Beach an der Ostküste und Weiterreise nach Whitianga. Am Sonntag beschliessen wir auf den Besuch in Russell mit Spaziergang zum Flagstaff Hill zu verzichten und stattdessen Tane Mahuta, dem grössten Kauri Baum einen Besuch zu machen. Dazu müssen wir den nördlichen Teil der Nordinsel überqueren um in den Waipoua Kauri Forest zu gelangen, das heisst ein Weg ist ca. 130 km lang. Da dies seine Zeit dauert, müssen wir was zum Futtern mitnehmen. Wir packen also den Rucksack mit Trinkbarem, streichen Sandwiches und stecken noch Kraftriegel ein. Die Wetterlage ist unstabil, also stopfen wir noch unsere Regenjacken in den Rucksack. Wir fahren los, gemütlich, Willi knipst unentwegt Bilder, wir zählen die überfahrenen Oposums, Vögel und anderes Getier,... read more
Das "Monster an der Scheibe"
Im Regenwald an der Westküste
Tane Mahuta

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga April 19th 2012

well guys what can i say, New Zealand just keeps producing the goods, from beautiful vistas to grounded down to earth people, Whitianga is nice (very nice) but i dont feel as at home as in Paihia, so thats the place for us, the bike is great as per, the back is knackered so a few days of, bit of kayaking and scuba should sort the back ha ha, it really is paradise, but you have to share paradise, if you see it on your on you might aswell stayed at home and looked at photos Ta Ta for now Sam x... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga March 9th 2012

So we are back in New Zealand, after our entertaining diversion to Sydney. First stop was Aukland for just one night. We checked into a 'pod hotel', just to remind us of all those happy nights in the camper van! We had a great meal out with Juan, in an interesting little Spanish restaurant. He showed us parts of the city that are off the normal tourist route. Aukland is far more diverse than other parts of the country, more a typical cosmopolitan capital (even though it isn't). One quarter of the entire country's population live in the city. It still manages though to retain all the friendliness and charm of small-town New Zealand. And that's what we have more of now we have moved, for our final few days here, up onto the Coromandel peninsula. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga December 22nd 2011

In the morning, we visited Hot Water Beach and enjoyed sitting around in the termal water pools. We couldn't leave without paying a visit to the fantastic Moko Artspace which sells art/sculpure/jewellery etc by local artists. We gave a couple of German hitchhikers a ride back to Hahei (90% of the travellers we met are from Germany!) before taking the ferry over to Whitianga. This lovely little town is full of quirky shops and cafés, so we spent most of the afternoon exploring. Later, we visited Cook's Beach and North Beach - but it was a bit too cold to swim in the sea!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga April 14th 2011

Hot water beach campsite. Had breakfast with Hayley and her mum. Back into Whitianga- to Bay Carving to finish my Maori/Celtic bone carving. I sanded it within an inch of it's life to smooth out any imperfections. Quite satisfied with how it came out and good to know it's a one-off personal design. Plus way cheaper than if you were to buy one in Auckland. Got assaulted again by seagulls when trying to eat my fish and chips by the harbour. Drove down road towards Mount Maunganui and after a fair few miles realised that I'd left my laundry in hot water beach campsite like a complete eejit. Drove back and parked up for the night back at Hot Water Beach. Early start in the morning to move myself down the coast to Mount Maunganui. Bone ... read more

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