Sunday, 18 March 2012


A smooth trip to Coromandel; 3.45pm flight to Auckland, in a rental car by 5.45, stopped for a break in Thames. We had an excellent, if a tad slow, meal in the Brew Cafe in Thames, and bought some breakfast stuff in a service station (then discovered a Four Square grocery still open further down the street...) and set out for Coromandel 54km up the peninsula. The road was constantly winding, with many 40km/hr bends, so it was a slow trip, but we were at the Harbour View Motel about 9.45pm.

The bay in front of the motel is totally covered in oyster and mussel beds, so I doubt that we'll be swimming here - but there are dozens of beautiful beaches close by, and we're going out to explore.

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