Oct 28, 2010 – Thursday –Warkworth to Whangamata, New Zealand – We are traveling to a B&B on the Coromandel Peninsula today, which means driving through the motorways of Auckland. After we leave the B&B in Warkworth, we do a quick trip to the neighbouring Parry Kauri Park & Warkworth Museum, where there are two very old and extremely large Kauri trees. The drive through Auckland goes extremely well, with traffic being a bit heavy, but it keeps moving nicely. The GPS keeps us on track and helps us to manoeuver through the maze of motorways and ramps around and through Auckland on our way around the Hauraki Gulf to Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula.
|Whangamata beach & offshore islet|
|Hot Water Beach and surfing beach behind|
We stop at Onemana Beach on the way back, which is yet another spectacular beach along the Coromandel Peninsula. There is a small community here, and the beach is virtually deserted at this time of year. After returning to the B&B and having a bit of a rest, we are served tea at 4pm by Peter. Afterward, we go back to Oceana's restaurant for dinner and have their specials again. Good food at a great price.
Oct 31, 2010 – Sunday –Whangamata to Rotorua, New Zealand – Peter makes us a nice omelet for breakfast, and then we depart for Rotorua. It isn't a long drive today, so we detour to see Waihi Beach, yet another spectacular New Zealand beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, complete with a small town. We spend a half hour or so walking the beach, and then resume our drive to Rotorua.