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Coromandel Peninsula, Whititanga & Hot Water Beach - New Zealand :: Friday, September 10, 2004 - 12:55 AM (GMT)

New Zealand

From Thames, we headed up to Tapu and stayed on a motorcamp for the night. The next day, we got up early and headed up and around the Coromandel Peninsula on Highway 25 through Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Whenuakite, Tairua, Hikuai and ending at Miranda.


Stunning scenery and a breeze to drive. There's just no one on the roads, which gets a little eery at times! The roads are all just single lane with the odd one lane bridge thrown in every now and again.
Being quiet, it gave us both a chance to get to grips with the van... specifically the gearbox!

New Zealand Road Trip!

Joo and the van, a 1962 Custom Westfalia split screen Kombi camper. Not bad for 40 years old!

Us in Tapu, at the Tapu Motorcamp.

Go on Joo...... third gear is there somewhere!

Coromandel Peninsula

Joo stuffing her face with a full Kiwi Brekkie at the 'Taste Cafe' in Whitianga.

I'm honoured - a street named after me!

Hot Water Beach. Thermal waters brew underneath the sand and if you dig a hole in the sand at low tide, you can sit in your own little spa. As per usual, we arrived at the wrong time - 3 hours to wait for low tide!

Joo digging anyway, to see if it's true.

Our shadows. Joo was actually smiling for this picture!! Bless her!

Hot Water Beach

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