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North Island Roadie, Coromandel

Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel

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21 degrees

We had a very stormy night with driving rain and high winds, so not a lot of sleep. We awoke to a gorgeous rainbow so packed up early to go down to the wharf and see what was what. My new catch phrase for Whitianga is “Noosa of the North” as it reminds me so much of our time in Noosa for Sal’s 50th. Fair to say its not my cup of tea but the people we met were friendly and helpful.

As the weather had calmed down we made our way on the ferry across to Cook’s Beach-$7 return for at the most 60seconds of ride. But it would take much longer swimming or driving! A much more laid back atmosphere over there. We walked up to the old Pa site for beautiful views, then down to I think Flaxmill Bay which was dog friendly.
No cafes open for a morning coffee, so we made our way back again and Sal purchased some takeaways for our journey north to Coromandel.

It was an amazing drive, extremely windy and so high but after the forestry the native bush was lovely. We are in a kauri protection area and there are also signs saying beware of kiwi (also weka but they are not a rarity to me). I have noticed on the Coromandel that the pampas grass has become rampant and spread quite far and wide.

Made our way to Matarangi which seemed more laid back but as we drove in further realised that the development was as prevalent here and it had the feel of another suburb of Auckland. Luke had recommended “Luke’s Cafe” that we looked for-but when found it w as shut.
He also recommended highly New Chum’s Beach that when we found was closed to dogs. It was very beautiful but today windy. A lot of mangroves here which are a nice feature.

Eventually made it to Coromandel-such a different vibe.
More easy going and small town feel. Many years ago when Sal lived in Auckland she would attend pottery classes here with Barry Brickell, an eccentric and single minded man who was building his own rail way at the time alongside his pottery business. He has been dead 5 years now but left a legacy of a railway that goes through native bush, ending at the “Eyefull” Tower. If you are inclined you can go on a Zip line. We booked on the train that took approx 1.5 hours to reach the tower. An amazing feat, reminds us of Eastwoodhill and the legacy of one man with a vision there also.

This is the furthest north we will travel. From tomorrow we are heading south again.

Posted by Sallyj66 19:54 Archived in New Zealand

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I warm to Barry Brickell! He must have been an inspiring tutor...

by Lulu

Yes he was Lulu, he is buried on the hill as well. It brought back some memories. there was a group of potters from Gisborne there gathering clay from the hill and putting it through the mixer...just like he use to do.

by Sallyj66

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