Thursday – New Zealand

We wake up in the Te Rawa lodge and have a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs. After breakfast we pack our bags and go back on “Martini”. We have plenty of time as we cannot get into Havelock marina until 3pm due to tides. We therefore sail up the Kenepuru Sound and find a quiet mooring off Double Beach where we have a short walk and a swim.

We continue our journey and arrive in Havelock a little after 3pm. We then drive back to Nelson where we have a curry and get back at 9pm.


Wednesday – New Zealand

Alan has a nice surprise in store for us and plans to take us on his boat “Martini” up the Pelorus Sound. We leave the harbour in Havelock at the high tide as around 2pm and have a stop at the Yncyca bay for  swim. This made a refreshing stop as it was getting rather warm. We then continue our boat journey to Te Rawa lodge which is only accessible by boat or plane.


We have a drink and very enjoyable meal in the restaurant.


Tuesday – New Zealand

It is going to another scorcher today with temperatures expected to reach 33C this afternoon. We are going out this morning to buy another hat and while we are out also buy some ice cream to cool down. Keeping out of the sun in the afternoon while Prue is having a swim in the swimming pool.

Going to a quiz this evening and come 5th out of 16 teams.

Monday – New Zealand

We have to pack our bags today and leave the Tatahi lodge in Hahei. We leave at around 10:30 for the 3hr drive back to Auckland where we drop off the Nissan hire car. They drop us off at the terminal where we take the 16:10 flight to Nelson (named after Horatio Nelson) on South Island.

Our friends are collecting us at 17:30 and just realised, I left my Nashville baseball cap in Auckland. Contacted them but not been found so someone has a nice cap now.

Sunday – New Zealand

Lovely weather today so we decide to go to the beach this morning and spend a couple of hours there. We both go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific ocean. We trundle back at 1pm and have pizza for lunch.

We do some of our washing (:–( which dries quickly. Lounge about and have a BIG icecream at 5pm. BBQ again and have to finish off all the wine we still have left. 🙂

Saturday – New Zealand

A glorious day and visited the Moko Artspace in Hot Water Beach this morning. An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary art from local artists.

We then continue on to Flaxmill Beach where we have lunch at Eggsentric. I have the fish while Prue has the crumbed mussels. An enjoyable lunch. We then go back to our lodge and change and pick up our  swimwear and walk the 2.5km to Cathedral cove. A challenging walk which goes up and down but is rewarded by the large Cathedral cove.

We swim in the sea and as the swell is too large we cannot take the water-taxi back so have to walk the 2.5km back again. We reward ourselves with a cool glass of white wine. Another BBQ to follow and we are entertained by live music from The Pour House which is next to our lodge.

Friday – New Zealand

A bit overcast today but should clear up later in the day. We walk along the Hahei beach to the lookout but find the path is closed. We then pick up the car and drive to Cooks Beach. We are having coffee in Cooks Beach where Capt James Cook landed in 1769 to observe the transit of Mercury hence this is Mercury Bay. We travel onwards to the passenger ferry to take us across the river to Whitianga where we visit the Mercury Bay museum. An interesting mix of topics and events which include the history of the area.

We meet a local painter who was working on a large mural. We have an interesting chat with the guy.

For lunch we have a famous New Zealand pie. We take the ferry back and stop at Shakespeare Cliff and spend the rest of the afternoon on Hahei beach. Another BBQ in the evening.

Thursday – New Zealand

Today we are leaving Sea View Motel in Coromandel Town and travel onwards to Hahei on the east side of the Coromandel. It is rather grey and can expect a couple of light showers this morning. We drive via Whitianga where we stop for a coffee and visit a couple of art galleries. We get to Tatahi Lodge Resort at 1pm and unload the car. After a quick lunch we go on the Hot Water Beach which is 8km away. There is a dormant volcano there which heats the groundwater and this comes to the surface at low tides. There are hundreds of people with spades who dig small holes and sit in the warm water. In places the water is actually too hot at 65C to walk through. A nice experience though.

We get back to our lodge at 18:00 and have yet another BBQ, washed down by a nice bottle of Merlot 🙂

Wednesday – New Zealand

Today we have been on the Coromandel Coastal Walk tour so it was an early start. We leave at 8:30 and are surprised  that we are the only two customers. We have a 2hr30 drive along unsealed roads to the start of the walk and are give a lot of information by Leannne along the route. She also stops at several locations to take in the views and a coffee. We start the 10km at Stony Bay. A fairly hard slog which goes up and down and 3hr30 min later we arrive at Fletcher Bay where Leanne is waiting.

We get on the minibus and have tea at Port Jackson before we return to Coromandel Town via Colville at 18:30. A long and rewarding day which is completed by a BBQ.

Tuesday – New Zealand

Went to the Tourist Information in Coromandel town. In their recommendation we went to see the local narrow gauge train built by Barry Brickell and climbs up the hillside for 2.5km providing spectacular views on the surroundings.

After a quick lunch we visited an art exhibition and drove on to Colville where to roads become unsealed (gravel tracks).

We traveled back via Waitete where we had a stroll on the deserted beach. Still rather windy from the west.







We have a barbeque in the evening


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