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North Island Roadie, Coromandel - Miranda

wall to wall sunshine

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20 degrees
I now see why….

Coromandel is a neat town, unpretentious, genuine and relaxed and friendly.

Last night we walked the streets after dark and heard a man shouting. Our first instinct was it was trouble-but no a maori man with a pop up stall selling hangi food. Had some good natured banter. Felt quite ok freedom camping in the main street.

Awoke this morning for call of nature and went to the toilet about 50yards along the street. I was greeted by a yummy smell and saw someone cooking on the BBQ near-by. I called out hello and a woman greeted me. She was about to take out a fishing charter and was making breakfast before she went. We have seen other of these community facilities, seems such a cool idealarge_88C50130-E0EB-4557-9D4F-2ED86D82C8FF.jpeg

I was barely snuggled up again in my bed and the fire alarm went loud and strong and long. We waited for the fire sirens-nothing-then the drum of a helicopter coming very close - too much to ignore, so Sal put on some clothes to investigate. It landed just in the area where we were going to park, by the medical centre and apparently a child was getting airlifted to Starship. So that was us up and ready for the day.

Quite often we will wake up, get dressed and then move to a scenic spot for morning coffee. This morning we drove to McGregor Bay. The day was amazing and I can now see why people love Coromandel. It was incredibly beautiful. Lots of inlets for boating and I am sure everyone fishes here.

When I was here many many years ago, one of the places I had wanted to see but couldn’t as it was shut is the Rapaura Watergardens. It was on my wish list again for this time. Once we had coffee and drove down the west coast of the peninsula to Coroglen where we drove inland for about 5km. Although it is drop dead beautiful it is still quite stressful driving the road as it is so narrow and windy.

The Rapaura Watergardens are stunning, a garden of national significance. It is winter season and we were the only visitors. Admission by an honesty box. We were surprised to be able to take Maddie. Despite being the off season it is very well kept and the planting is awesome. We walked up to the Seven Sisters Stairway to Heaven i.e. a 7 tiered waterfall which is beautiful.

We have arrived at Miranda Holiday Park now which has a thermal spring, so we’ve had a lovely swim already. There is a nice fish and chip truck on site, so that could be our nutritious meal for the night.

Posted by Sallyj66 08:39 Archived in New Zealand

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