The time has come to finally embark on my trip to the south island. After a month and a week of preparation, van buying and remodeling, and gear gearing-up, I am aching to get out of the city.
First stop is the Coromandel. Just to the east of Auckland, the Coromndel is a large peninsula that juts up from the south and creates the the sound that shelters Auckland’s east coast. Its rugged and empty. The only way to access the northern extreme of the peninsula is by 50 km of gravel, windy, non guard railed, cliff edge road.
First thing, found out on the drive that the van isn’t a race car to my surprise.
Second, 20 min in to the drive coolant started squirting out. After a mild heart attack and waiting on the road for 45 min for the AA (equivalent to the AAA in the States) it turned out to be a loose cap that the mechanic didn’t tighten enough after I had the radiator flushed and filled with new anti-freeze. Easy fix…..2 hours later.
Third, The night before I forgot to furn off my lights. I drained the battery and needed to get a jump. No big deal except that the radio has this absurd security feature that when all power is lost, it locks up and requires a code. I have the code in the owners manual…..of course it doesn’t work. Driving with no radio again, gah!
I camped with some friends for 3 nights on the Coramandel. It is a very beautiful place. Got some good pics. Enjoy!