The sun was out and this could mean only one thing - we had some driving to do! We waved goodbye to the glow worms and drove the 4 hours to the Coromandel peninsula. And when we arrived - it was still sunny!
Our first destination was Waihi Beach, a small town on the southeastern side. The town had a working goldmine up until about 3 years ago but now relies on tourism and farming to support the residents that remain. We drove along the causeway to Bowentown parked up and found the biggest hill we could to climb up. The views of Shelly Beach and Anzac Bay from the top were pretty nice!
|The other side|
|So good I had to get up and outside!|
As the sun came up a large weather front was just clearing.
And as it cleared the sun was shining - that's 3 days in a row now!
From Waihi, we traveled northwards deeper into the Coromandel and found Oputere Reserve, 'world famous' for its rare bird, the Dotterel. We didn't see one.
|Spot the Dotterel|
Seems like a few other people had heard how nice Oputere Beach was too as on our way back to the car park we passed loads of people. Heading further north we found a good looking hill, Mount Paku. At the top we could see for miles over the town of Pauani.
|Not too shabby|
|Not a cloud in the sky|
Hot Water Beach was our stop for the night, and as its name suggests it is a beach with hot water. For an hour either side of low time, geothermal water is accessible on a small section of beach - all you need is a spade and a little bit of hard work to make your own hot tub.
|I could have done with a bigger spade!|
|Guess the owners!|
|The water was so hot it burned your bottom in places!|
Our last day in Coromandel began with yet more sunshine as we drove to Whitianga through the Coromandel Forest Park. Whitianga is a fair size town (for New Zealand) with loads of cafes and fishing shops, and also serves NZs second best ice cream; Kapiti (Patagonia in Queenstown wins hands down!)
|The view across the Firth of Thames towards Auckland.|
|Its a shell|