Easter on the Coromandel

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!

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the coromandel

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the Coromandel

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the coromandel

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the Coromandel

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the coromandel

Taken off the side of the gravel road on the way to the northern tip of the Coromandel

Coromandel Sunset from the camp site

Coromandel Sunset from the camp site

We did a hike to access some of the bays around the northern point

We did a hike to access some of the bays around the northern point

We did a hike to access some of the bays around the northern point

We did a hike to access some of the bays around the northern point

Wish I had a boat!

Wish I had a boat!

same cove

same cove

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Looking east

Looking east

East

East

Easter

Easter

These shells where all over the rocks that where exposed by the low tide.  They where only 2mm.  So tiny.

These shells where all over the rocks that where exposed by the low tide. They where only 2mm. So tiny.

We walked through a lot of cow pasture. HOLY COW!

We walked through a lot of cow pasture. HOLY COW!

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4 responses to “Easter on the Coromandel

  1. Your blog has been a pleasure to read. I’m not sure if there is something in the icy-blue water that flows freely around our little upstate village that causes so many of us to become drunk with waderlust so completely, but I’m glad that you are taking the time to share your experieces for all of us who are confined to the nine-to-five for a while. Cheers and good travels.

  2. Theresa Wear

    Best set of photos, yet.

  3. Daniel Fallon

    Beautiful pics! Looks oddly like a cross between Ireland and Alaska. I wish I was on a gravel road on the edge of a cliff somewhere.. anywhere..

  4. Its awaiting you, my friend. You would love it here. Its sooo your kinda place.

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