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Jun 25, 2006 - On the road again ... Coromandel Peninsula

We've been blessed with gorgeous weather in New Zealand! This country is absolutely gorgeous! Everywhere we turn, there's another postcard perfect scene. Only 4 million people live in the whole of New Zealand. Think of that. We have nearly that many people crammed into Los Angeles! Needless to say, there are huge expanses of open space; there are rolling hills with cute sheep as far as the eye can see on one side and on the other side is the rocky coast. There's no better way to see this country than to drive (on the wrong side of the road,...

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Sep 7, 2005 - New Zealand - Coromandel Peninsula

We set off to make our way down to Tauranga where we were to meet up with Nicki and Kent who we had travelled with nearly 9 months ago. We thought we would drive around the Coromandel peninsula as it has nice scenery. We drove through the town of Thames and up the coast along winding coastal roads with great views out to islands and across lush green scenery. We stopped in Coromandel town for a little look around and had lunch in a pie and chips shop ! We then carried on down to a hot water beach where it is possible to dig holes in the...

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Mar 1, 2005 - Stray, wa-hay

Up early for pick up by Stray, and my first experience of a backpacker bus (or minibus, as it turned out). Only about half full, which meant that there was plent of room for stretching out - always nice. Our guide/driver is George a big (aren't they all?) Maori who also ensures that I'm not the oldest on the bus, although the average age is probably mid-20's (one of the reasons I picked Stray rather than Kiwi Experience, which has many nicknames - none of them polite - and is notorious for consisting mostly of drunk 19yr old brits). Spent...

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