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Mar 26, 2014 - DAY 31: Whenuakite to Kauaeranga Valley (Thames)

We headed on up and around the Coromandel Peninsula today to Coromandel itself and then down the west coast to Thames. We decided to avoid the notorious Highway 309 (apparently very scenic but partly gravel and rather narrow/tortuous for large vehicles), and we are very glad we did. The views from the more-coastal (but also very hilly) Highway 25 were fantastic. Conditions were a bit grey and hazy to start with, but by the time we reached the spectacular descent into Coromandel the skies were becoming much clearer. Coromandel is a lovely...

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