Clive and Emma. NZ and Australia 2016 travel blog

Lunch by the van 16/1/16

Maungaraho Rock 16/1/16

Heading south now - but still on North Island.

Sat 16th - Packed away and off site by 0915. Headed south towards Dargaville.

Stopped at 1145 at Maungaraho Rock where we cooked chicken on the outside hob. See the photo for an idea of the wonderful site.

After setting off we stopped at the Kauri Museum, a museum about a particular type of wood. It was much more interesting than it sounds and there was lots to see. We could have spent another hour there but we're getting worried about the time.

We carried on south and struggles through the Auckland traffic before finally getting to Orere Point. Booked into the campsite for two nights and hope to have an easy day tomorrow.

391km today .

Sun 17th - Up late and a casual morning. Walked down to swimming hole and then onto beach. Nowhere is as busy as we expected for a summer weekend. Spent afternoon walking along beach and up onto road.

Mon 18th - From campsite onto the Pacific Coast Highway which is a narrow one lane road with lots of tight bends!

Got to Coromandel Town by late morning and booked into a campsite for one night. 130km today

Walked into town for lunch and then dodged the showers back to the van.

Drove up to the Driving Creek Railway, a narrow gauge rail line that snakes up through woodland. Did a one hour trip with a commentary.

Tues 19th - Carried on along the Pacific Coast Highway, again bends and narrow roads. Stopped at a viewpoint and then carried on until lunch in a lay by high on the mountain road.

We are now in Tauranga for two nights, nice site close(ish) to the town centre. Lazy afternoon on site and then a day around the town and beaches tomorrow. 230km today.

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