Monday, March 7, 2016

Coromandel trip 2016 - or - checking out paradise to chill out in

Monday, March 7, 2016
Monday 7 March

Our Taxi came bright and early - thanks to Rachel and Jeff for taking us to the Airport!!
The travel up to Auckland by plane was nice and smooth - saw LOTS of white cloud - and Mt Egmont just peeking through the clouds! There is a reason why New Zealand is called "The Land of long white Cloud!"


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up A car, no problem;

Actually;

Really gutted with Avis – yet again we book a specific car and they can't deliver – downgrading us to a very small little 40 horsepower city road runner thing - and so short at the back - we had difficulty fitting the suitcases in the boot!

Sighs
Note to myself - must write to them and complain! If anything they should have Up-graded the car!

Sighs
Actually the weird thing - we had a choice of flying up and renting a car for ten days versus driving up in our own car and yes - the flying/hiring turned out to be AS cheap (actually a bit cheaper 'cause we had managed to book "cheap" seats on the plane)  THEN the driving up ourselves (petrol/ferry/4 nights accommodation on the road minimum / food) - weird!!!!

ANYHOW - Moving along at slow pace - just outside the Airport is a place called "The Butterfly Cafe" and we had arranged to meet there a young lady who recently had shifted to Auckland from Christchurch, along with her Family - so had nice chat and - urm - well pre-lunch! It was great to catch up with Daisy!!!
Weather semi sunny and very, very humid - although Daisy tells us nothing like the previous 3 months! The Butterfly Cafe had lots of - well - butterflies - AND some sort of theme park for small children / train rides and Dinosaur-minigolf and a wire-rope course next to it - great fun for school-aged-children to hang out and do things
http://butterflycreek.co.nz/cafe

Had to say good bye to Daisy and took the low-road and made it out of the Big Smoke and  eventually hit Thames - where we needed some quick supplies (liquid nectar for Mamabear - Diet Coke!!) from the Yellow Shed and then stopped for some fresh fried chicken urm - Kentucky Style - urm love those 11 herbs and spices!! yuss

After lunch had a quick stroll through the town and checked out the Info Center (badges - no luck there - and this is going to be a re-curring theme I fear)
and then headed towards Whitianga.  Yusssss
The road there can be a bit windy in some paces and the 40 horses or so struggled to get the carriage around the 25km/hr hairpins!! Oh for the love of - urm - motherland - gimme a decent car!!!!

Eventually arrived safely at the town and found Motel ok - unpacked and wilted - it was very humid - urm - muggy! The suggestion was - it is "so muggy you just-about can swim in it or better through the air!" 

Decided we needed some breakfast stuff for tomorrow, so headed to the green shed - hmmm nice Air-con going there - perhaps we could sleep there for a night - *cough * urm not!

Cooked dinner and washed up and made plans for the next day - which included doing as little as possible - nice and relaxing!
'Cause it was so nice and warm post 8pm, we strolled along the beach - knee deep in the surf! Nice and refreshing and extremely healthy for the feet even the whole body and of course - one's soul!!!  The access to the Beach was between two houses - and literally just across the road from the Motel - like 20 meters!! Lucky us - so naturally, we had to go for that stroll . . . .

Note to myself - must collect some sand for the collection!!!

Anyhow - lights out - bed!! 



 Buffalo Beach - looking left
 Buffalo Beach straight out to sea
 Buffalo Beach straight into sun set

Buffalo Beach looking right



















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