A Short drive to the local Bird Sanctuary not far from Omokoroa Beach, we feed the birds as we go round, cool place, pools, nearby estuary, different types of birds. Head north towards the Peninsula stopping in Whangamata on the beach front go for a splash in the sea on the golden sand. Head north to the Coromandel Peninsula stopping to camp at Hot Water Beach campsite. Wander down to the beach in the late afternoon to see the exposed Hot water pools bubble through the sands. Tues. 07.Jan
Hot Water Beach
Decide to drive around the Coromandel Peninsula and head for Auckland in the evening. Visit the beach at Hahei and Cooks Bay close to Hot water Beach.
Travel back inland to circle the bay to reach Whitianga, stop in the town centre for a break. After the busy town centre travel around Mercury Bay through Coromandel Forest. Stop at the beautiful Kuaotunu Beach our furthest north position. Drive around Whangapoua Harbour and then up and over the mountains to Coromandel stopping at the apex of the pass to look back towards the bay on one side and towards the firth of Thames on the other. Slow drive along the western side of the peninsula travelling next to the shoreline. Head inland and across to the campsite in Miranda an hour from Auckland. Sit in Hot water pools to soak our last NZ evening away. Wed. 08.Jan