Bays, mussels, waterproof
31.10.2012 - 31.10.2012 20 °C
It's only the day after a swim in a hot pool on the beach that the benefits of waterproof bank notes really sinks in. Perfectly serviceable $35 plucked from my swimmers that back home, had it been the case that it was a beautiful hot day and we had hot water pools on the beach, and that id been stupid enough to leave money in my pocket, would have been reduced to pulp. So on reflection perhaps it's a good thing that we don't get much decent weather or have hot pools or I might be skint. It also says a lot about the New Zealand way of life and our way of life back home. Here it is all outdoors, surfing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and generally being near water, back home, although equally surrounded by water the risk of getting your money wet is much reduced. I love the fact that N.Z. has waterproof money, it says a lot about their attitude.
I've been cheating of late and attempting to post the blog for the day, before the actual end of the day, so it's only fair that I should get caught out and need to share our sunset from last night. This should be in yesterday's blog....but there you go.
We set off from Hot Water Bay campground (probably the best campsite in the world ...see yesterday's blog) having had breakfast and a full on FaceTime/Skype session, so we are full and uplifted from contact with loved ones from home. We head North up State Highway 25 and soon reach Whitianga, pronounced 'Fhitianga' where we see the next section of this amazing coastline. We continue North to Kuaotuna and yet another fabulous beach. Not space for it on the blog, but a 2 km stretch of beach that had no-one on it, at all. From here we head West across the Peninsular towards Coromandel Town along the Whangapoua Road which reaches its highest point after numerous hairpins and provides us with our first views of the Coromandel Peninsular's West coast
Lunch is at Coromandel Mussel Kitchen just 3 kms South of Coromandel Town itself and specialising in the local green lip Coromandel mussels. A favourite of mine I must confess. I highly recommend this stop off as a place to eat. We enjoyed lots of mussels, beer and the wonderful setting with bird of paradise flowers in the garden where we ate. This picture of me and the bird of paradise is Dottie's second blog entry.
Finley couldn't wait for his mussels. The thought of them made him dribble even more than usual.
Now heading South, the road sticks to the coast and we see the Firth of Thames
It's just an endless winding road South with massive sea and sky scapes to our right the whole way down to Thames, at the foot of the peninsular and at the Southerly most point of the Firth of Thames.
It's as we pull away from Thames and the beautiful Coromandel peninsular that both Nat and I get that 'New Zealand is over' feeling, and neither of us are ready. The drive has taken us longer than we thought and as much as we'd like to go right into Auckland and be with friends we decide enough is enough and opt for a campsite short of Auckland and nearer the airport for the morning. Tomorrow is Sydney. There are no trick or treaters visiting the campsite.......shame. Kids wrapped up in bed we call Sydney to arrange collection of our keys for the apartment and continue to look for campervans in Cairns, with no joy. It seems all campervans in the week of the 8-14th Nov are booked out. Still we have a week to sort that out, so it can wait.
It's eat and drink everything in the van night......not good for the diet. Not able to take anything with us it's either waste or waist!!
If all goes well next blog update will be from Tamarama Bay, Sydney.