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North Island Roadie, Hauraki via Tauranga

4 seasons in one day

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Hauraki via Tauranga

We woke to a bitterly cold day with driving rain and poor visibility. Left the POP early for Tauranga to do laundry, visit my cousin Ingrid and Sal to call in on Geri. Missed out on seeing Karen and Allan this time. The countryside is amazing with razor sharp hedges, endless stained fences and manicured properties.

The laundromat was awesome but finding a park was very difficult. While the dryer was on Sal took me to Ingrid and then she went to see Geri. I had a lovely time reminiscing and chatting and catching up, Sal was back by 12.30 and then we were on the way north again.

We called in at Omokoroa as Geri used to live there, tried to stop at Katikati to see the murals but got caught up in heavy traffic and were passed before we could stop.Then onto Whangamata.

The road over the Kaimais is so windy that is was quite stressful. Thank goodness it wasn’t as busy as when we left Tauranga. Coming into Whangamata the sun started to shine and it was much warmer. It is stunningly beautiful, there is no doubt about that.

We are staying tonight at Jeanette and Dave’s, friends of Sal, who have a POP.
We have connected to power again but still struggling with wifi. Sal and Maddie had a sit in one of the cars Dave has built himself.
Jeanette has taken us for a walk and drive around town to see the various beaches for surfing and then to see the sights. At least half of the houses are empty, and these are palatial homes that are obviously just holiday homes. We have been given some good ideas about how and what to see the rest of our times here on the Coromandel.

Posted by Sallyj66 19:37 Archived in New Zealand

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Great that you caught up with Ingrid, she would have enjoyed that also. The cars look really smart.

by RosieBr

Wow! It looks lovely - and great to see your friends!
Are you going north of Auckland?

by Lulu

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