|Cathedral Cove, east coast Coromandel Peninsula|
Now we picked up our little rental car from Europcar in DT Auckland and headed out of town. About 1 1/2 hrs later we just passed through Thames, the western entry point to the Coromandel peninsula and decided to have lunch.
|Holden Barina Hatch -pretty good!|
It seems anywhere in New Zealand you can make a simple left turn and you will find a picnic spot in front of you, it's just that easy. So we stopped for an early lunch and an update to my GPS mapping as I had forgotten do download my latest way-points to it.
Ready to go again we headed clockwise around the peninsula. Since you drive on the left side this positions you closest to the waters edge, and no where on the peninsula will you find a guard rail blocking your view on these super narrow roads, absolutely no where!
With no obstructed view and plenty of scenery plan to stop frequently for panoramic view after view. And the roads are so scenic and twisty I wished I had the bike again too!
Just outside Coromandel which is a little old western town right out of Arizona it seemed there was a cafe called "The Mussel Station". You see Coromandel is also renowned for it's green lipped mussels. So we stopped and ordered a pot of mussels to share. They were excellent and the leftover broth we took in a container to use on pasta for supper. It was delicious, both times.
|New Zealand Green Lip Mussels|
Back on the road we finally ended up at Cathedral Cove, a very pretty location.
Later on the walk back out which we took with to young female doctors just relocated to Auckland from Britain they commented about "Record breaking time". They were referring to our pace of walking. We did the 45 min uphill grind in 30 mins. and they couldn't believe we had walked both directions that way, but we had a mission in mind. We wanted to camp at Hot Water Beach another 8 kms away,
|Dig your Own Hot Water pool Thermals at Low Tide|
After sleeping in hotels a lot so far, the night of camping was great, and boy did we sleep.!
Today we continued on toward Rotorua on the east coast. KatiKati being one beautiful little town on our radar because it does murals like Chemanius.
|Angor Wat Bakery Award Winners, NZ|