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Coromandel Peninsula, Coromandel Town, Cooks Beach Whitianga

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 15 January 2008 | Views [861] | Comments [2]

Well I've got no idea where to start! We have all been so busy I feel like we've been here a month already... Coromandel town was our first stop after getting ferry from Auckland where Tom's friend from home, James, joined our group- seems to have slotted into the family well. We found a campsite by the bay and the tents had their first airing out- very successfully achieved and I loved the town, it's like going back to a country and western with saloon bars and swinging shutters but so laid back it was horizontal.

After two days of exploring we headed to Cooks Beach near Whitianga where Clare has some family friends (Colin and Greeta)... I knew this was a good move as soon as Colin picked uS up in a vintage model A Ford- Clare and I got in the boot seats and felt very Grace Kelly! Since then we literally haven't stopped! Every morning we have a big fry up breakie on the bbq and goodness do we need it... we've been out sea fishing on Colin's friend Mark's boats (twice) I caught my first ever fish (two!)- little teraki? We also got some red snapper, 15 in total, so there was plenty for the bbq- which is a good thing too as half the neighbourhood seemed to come round for some!!! The fish was delicious and as I always say (mum and dad) that 'cos it's so fresh it doesn't taste fishy! Mark and his son Bob also went diving off the boat to get some scallops- I've never seen so many in my life and they we almost as good as at melton's!

 Everyone here super friendly and on our first night some neighbours spotted dolphins in the bay so we went round and before we knew where we were we had glasses of bubbly in hand. They also gave us the name of a friend in Queenstown who owns and cafe and could give us a job- honestly everyone just goes out of their way to help. Mark's sons took us out 'biscuiting' i.e. sitting in a rubber ring and being pulled along behind the boat- Clare and I felt very chuffed that we stayed in till Cam let on he'd only gone half the speed as we were girls. Well that sounded like a challenge and we were back in and having another go almost as quickly as we were falling back out. I also had a go at wake-boarding, like snowboarding but holding onto a rope and being pulled behind boat. However the logisitcs of swimming to a boat with a big board attached to your feet is a bit tricky and I had to be lugged about by my life jacket while I just bobbed about feeling very ungainly especially when Pip said it was 'like catching a whale!' Yes he did get in trouble. The boys said I was almost getting it but I so knackered, cold and a bit fed up of getting mouthfulls of water that I gave-up.

What else? We went to hot water beach- where at low tide you dig a hole to the geothermal springs and sit in it. Very nice but sooo hot in places that a few buttocks got a bit rosy! We also popped to Cathedral Cove, which is idyllic and like a tropial beach... mind you the beaches here are beautiful- the water is just so blue. It's weird because after a few beautiful beaches you start taking them for granted.

Tom, Pip and James have gone back to Auckland with Mark today to look at some wheels as we are getting a bit fed up of not being able to go where we want and will be nice to be able to store our stuff somewhere when we are out and about. Apparetnly they've found one, what it'll be like I've no idea but I trust Mark as he seems a bit more practical! Well I think we're off to clean pippies (or clams) that we dug up yesterday and go for a swim in beach- the weather since we've got here has been glorious, all day sun and blue skies- it's usually 25c by ten o'clock in the morning- thought I was quite tanned till I stood next to Mark's sons!

Lots of love to everybody, thinking of you often and what you are getting up to- thanks for messages as it is lovely to hear what you are up to- seems so far away though.

take care



-Mum and Dad, e-mail or messages on here are both fine as I will get either when I'm near a computer- did you get my text message?

-no message received but english phone not in action- are you using the n.z. no. I gave you?

Tags: Beaches & sunshine




Ooooooo, those beaches sound magical, and a 'hot beach'? Mmmmm! Wonderful! It's just hot baths here at the moment while the wind rages, the rain pours down and the rivers flood. (Yes, it's flooding in the west country again). No, I didn't get your text. I will try and text you now, let me know if you get it. Did you get my email? We are all well, apart from the cat who's been driven quite demented by the twin trials of the 'black cat monster' and the weather!
Take care,
lots and lots of love, M & D

  M Jan 15, 2008 5:51 PM


Hey hun,

Glad to hear you're having a fun-packed time!! You have some awesome photos and are looking pretty tanned already after only two weeks! Can't wait to hear more and see more pics! I'll endeavour to upload more of my pics to Facebook so you can see what we're doing too.

Rick and I are well, had fun on Sunday with a Murder Mystery dinner party for James' birthday and tonight we're heading upstairs to 'properly' meet the neighbours over a drink or two. I'm waiting to hear about a job and in the meantime enjoying my "holiday" watching films and the like - tempted to buy the Guitar Hero game for the XBox though, you get to play a real(istic) guitar and rock out like a pro!

Lots of love, M xXx

  Madelyn Jan 16, 2008 3:09 AM

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