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  • Day11

    De pas op

    February 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    En door het regenwoud. Vanmorgen gestart in Thames langs de prachtige kustweg naar Tapu daar de afslag naar Coroglen.
    De rit langs de kust was heel mooi. De km gleden onder onze banden door. In 50 minuten stonden we in Tapu.
    Onderweg gestopt voor een koffie. Een winkel van sinkel. Er was van alles te koop, ook een flat white zij het van nescafe. De Chineze eigenaar sprak dus geen Engels. Wel handen en voeten. Gelijk maar cachettes met waspoeder, nieuwe sunblocker en insecten repellant gekocht.
    17 Km gehad 27 Km te gaan. En wat voor Kilometers.
    De eerste 6 Km naar de Water Gardens waren geasfalteerd en klimmen. Viel me mee ik heb er zin in
    15 $ entree pp voor de Water Gardens is ons toch wel te gortig. Er is een café anex winkel bij. En daar serveren ze volgens het bord een "Dam good coffee" En eerlijk is eerlijk de koffie was "Damm good". En oudere Dame kwam ons vertellen dat Dam Good Coffee met één M komt doordat hier vroeger voor de houtkap een dam werd gebouwd, vandaar.
    Na de Water Gardens werd de weg onverhard en steiler. 10 Km klimmen op gravel pfffff......
    Ondanks 38 tanden voor en 30 tanden achter, krijg ik het zwaar. Karin dieselt lekker verder. Gelukkig mag ik af et toe ff bijkomen, de schat.
    We rijden midden door het regenwoud. Had ik schitterend al gebruikt? Dan nog maar een keer.
    Imposant. Ongelovelijk en onvergetelijk.
    Na 4 Km klimmen komen we bij een Square Kauri. Ik rijd er zo voorbij, Karin dus niet, die kijkt nog even om op het bord langs de weg. Staat maar aan één kant van de weg aangegeven.
    Hij is onmeunig dik en hoog die boom.
    We moeten een stuk klimmen om bij het platform bij de voet van de boom te komen. Hij is echt gigantisch, omdat ik mijn spiegelreflexcamera niet mee heb behelp ik mij maar met de panorama functie van mijn telefoon.
    Na nog 6 gruwelijke kilometers en wat stofhappen van passerende auto's komen we eindelijk op de top van de pas.
    Nu gaat het bergafwaarts. Soms met 30 Km/h naar beneden met volle bepakking op gravel. Ik vind dat ik beter afdaal maar Karin heeft de grotere ballen en dus sneller.
    De 44 Km zitten er op. Weer een prachtige rit zelfs met 10 gruwelijke Kilometers.
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  • Day49

    Coromandel Peninsula! 01/11/16

    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today was a day that was filled with quite a lot of driving, but equally a lot of time stopping to admire the incredible views along the coastline.
    We had a stop off at some water gardens which were a lovely quiet place to have a break and we really enjoyed the water features and lily ponds as we walked around.
    We gained a hang of ducks who followed us for ages, but then we started to feel that they had turned in us as we tried to leave them and they followed us like possessed little ducks. We learnt later that they get fed a lot and are basically pets so this explains it.
    The highlight of this place was the walk up to a beautiful waterfall, we could see three of seven and we spent a while here just watching the water and enjoying the moment.
    We followed this with tea and a scone at the cafe here and were given some advice as to where else to explore, including the 309 highway which has lots of pigs roaming around and where to get our hands on some nice smoked fish a little way along our route.

    Further up in Coromandel we bought some smoked fish on the advice of the man in the cafe. I opted for the same fish Gary had smoked, just with herbs and Rob went for garlic smoked mussels, which were enormous! We enjoyed these with some fresh bread by the camper before setting off again for the campsite.

    The views along the way were stunning, lots of seabirds and beautiful beaches/coves with some insanely strange shaped trees that clung to rocks by the sea and the side of the road. I managed to get pretty car sick which wasn't so good, but it made a good excuse to stop to enjoy the views and eventually I decided to drive, pretty much just after the extremely winding, fairly close to the cliff edge, gravel road section began! I have to admit it was quite fun after a while, especially taking the car through a stream, but eventually I was stopped in my tracks by a huge truck. I had no way to get past and had to reverse around a corner, on a narrow road where on side was just cliff edge 😵😭😳😱
    I got quite nervous and after nearly steering us towards the edge I decided to give the reign to Rob who did a far better job and we were back on our way.

    On arrival at the campsite we were greeted warmly by the site manager and told to pick a spot. It was a beautiful site, right on the beach with the breaking waves visible from the van. the DoC sites might be basic but you don't care when you have views like this. We were joined by the ducks and ducklings after cute, they were walking all over our feet lol!
    Rob took some lovely photos of the sunset, but forgot how the tide works and almost lost his camera to the sea! And then we grabbed the blanket and snuggled on the beach to watch the sunset before falling to sleep with the sound of the waves...bliss!
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  • Day48

    The 309 and the pigs! 02/11/16

    November 2, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Need to cut down on the narrative now as limited battery supply on the phone!

    Today we first spent more time with the ducks and ducklings. We learnt that the mother duck with a hobble was the mother of six ducklings and was there every year. We spent a while guiding her back to three of her ducklings that she seemed to have forgotten about and then headed to Fletcher Bay for a walk.

    Fletcher Bay was another DOC camp and looked into a lovely little Bay. Our plan was to walk for a few hours along to a viewpoint but clouds that hugged the mountains around us brought wind and rain so we gave it a miss as we could see more and more creeping towards us.

    We journeyed back along the gravel and to the 309 highway to get to the other side of the peninsula and see the pigs on the way!

    The wild but now pet pigs were adorable! We were told to stop and get out if we wanted so we did and there were about 100 pigs and tiny piglets roaming free. Apparently poachers had been the night before, the Welsh man who lives in the caravan here with the pigs scared them away his gun though. He was also keen to share his vegan views and we found out the pigs aren't actually his but he looks after them for now. They are very wiry but really friendly and just fall to the floor when you rub their belly. Only downside....I got bitten to death by some stupid flies and days later they still itch like mad!

    After this we stopped at another gorgeous waterfall in the forest and then continued to Hot Water Beach with the hopes we would be there in time to dig a hole to get some hot water before the tide came in.... we didn't.
    We chilled by the sea for a bit and watched the awesome and very neat barrels that were forming and then headed to our camp for the night, Riverglen.

    Lovely spot, cheaper than most and friendlier too. Had a plan to form more plans for the following week but got talking instead to fellow campers who shared with us some good spots and camps from their travels. We chatted for ages and eventually headed to bed.

    We had also planned on getting up early to dig a hole at hot water beach, just after low tide at 4am, and to watch the sunrise. This was looking less likely now!
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  • Day49

    Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach 3/11

    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Alarm at 4am was a no no... instead we got up and made a good solid north Island plan, taking advantage of the time we had here and the wifi. Finally we have some vague road route to stick too!

    We headed to Cathedral Cove around lunch, where we found a tiny car park at the top of a steep hill. No spaces though 🙁 so we drove back down to the Haihei beach thinking we might be able to walk back along the beach to the cove from here. busy car park. Apparently this was not possible so we had some lunch and then tried back the car park. We intended to wait 10 mins and then leave if we were still waiting. Fortunately it only took a couple of loops around before we able to pinch a space.

    Once again the walk was well managed. Great footpaths and signage as well as well built outlooks and useful information. We could do to take a leaf out of their book in England, it is so nice to always know you will actually have a good walk, have decent signs, water points and usually a toilet too! They might be long drops but so far they have been well maintained and tbh not an issue at all. Actually think it's great that they work so hard to reduce the waste pollution from the walkers.

    The walk itself took us through coastal jungle forests with large fern trees and beautiful colourful plants the whole way. The views of the ocean and the white cliffs and bays were spectacular, making the mostly uphill walk very worth it. We took a detour to gemstone Bay, apparently great for a snorkel, to take a look. It was very pretty but such a short stop off the steps back up isn't seem worth it and we skipped the next snorkelling Bay further along the walk.

    The walk to the cove opened out to a coastal hillside path before teen teeing the forest and this time meandering down, eventually down lots of steps to the beach.

    To the left was the so called "Cathedral" and you can understand why as soon as you see it.

    This cave, now archway, is!! The arch is huuuge! You look through and get a great view of the other side where there is another beautiful beach. The cliffs and cove are quite white here with a yellow tinge and there are remnants of other stacks too that now sit as tiny little rock islands close to the shore, the odd tree growing on them. I wish we had more time here as it is a stunning beach and not too busy either but we had to get back to the car to make it to Hot Water Beach.

    Made it to Hot Water Beach quite early, you get four hours either side of low tide to dig a hole and enjoy it. (A nice girl from the campsite that we had been chatting to on the evenings bumped in to us on the walk to cathedral cove and seemed to think there was only one low tide a day and that they had missed it. Felt a little bad for them as they were looking forward to it, but they were committed to the cove walk by that point).

    Anyhow... we arrived and then had to figure out where on earth (literally) to dig a hole in the sand. We knew it was near a pile of rocks that had a green tinge to them, presumably from the minerals, and so we started to dig between a couple of other holes. By we I also mean Rob....we only took one spade. He dug a sizeable hole and it filled with lovely, cold water lol. We tested those around us which were also cold, despite the people inside still digging. By this point too there were more people who had set up camp in front of the rocks we were beside, despite the waves still coming in an destroying their efforts. We thought this was silly, so moved slightly further around from them to dig another hole where the water wouldn't ruin it. Another fail though. Instead we asked a couple if we could help them dig and share the space. We dug a very large hole and eventually got some Luke water which we were happy enough with to sit in. Rob still thought it was too cold and took some persuading though. We all then noticed the steaming water coming from the pool beside us. It was a shallow dug pool and full of people in a long line enjoying the heat. That is until it got too hot (it was boiling) and they decides to let loads of water put and some sea water in. This was pretty annoying for us as we could have done with them just sharing into our pool but teamwork in these numbers, with so many languages, is not really a natural occurrence.
    Eventually we asked them to let in some warm water and we could finally enjoy a bit of a soak and a chat about travels around New Zealand. The people next to us had been there a few years and were off to the U.K. now due to work so we could share advice. We also found a patch in our pool that was bubbling hot water from the sand. Felt lovely until you tried sitting on it and burnt your bum! A watch thermometer said it was over 80 beneath the sand.
    We then got annoyed by two stupid German boys who just thought it polite to trample in and around everyone s hard built pools, including ours...grrrr. But hey ho, the tide was on its way back in and when Rob got the the full force of the freezing waves breaking our barriers, it was time to leave!

    The whole thing was pretty cool and amusing bit it really is also bizarre. The rest of the bench empty and then hundreds gathered by rocks in self dug holes, all for a bit of warm water!

    We headed back to camp, where hot water came out of taps!?!😵 and had another evening of chatting to fellow travellers before going to bed all excited for Hobbiton the next day!
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  • Day46

    Auckland to the coromandel peninsul

    October 31, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Today we headed to the Coromandel Peninsula on the advice of Gary as we had thought to give it a miss.
    We spent the morning sorting ourselves out and then set off for some lunch and a mini stock up, mainly for a lonely planet guide, before heading South through the city. We found a good lonely planet Road trip guide so fingers crossed it is useful! Meanwhile we had found a $5 campsite online in a car park and so headed there for the night. It was actually really nice and even had free electricity! We had some very healthy tinned spaghetti and sausages as it was getting quite dark and enjoyed watching the sun go down. Got a bit worried when a police car turned up as I thought maybe this was too good to be true for a campsite but they just had a friendly chat and wished us all well.
    Oh and there was also a very adorable ginger and cream coloured cat that decided to befriend everyone and so we got to have a little cuddle. It was even there ready for us in the morning ☺️
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  • Day54

    Jungle waterfall

    November 29, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Last nigjt we pitched our tenr on a cheap campground off the main road, not really worth a picture. But therefor the surrounding river and closeby little waterfalls have been nice to walk by. :)

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