We had a great long weekend at Whitianga or the Coromandel..
We rented a cabin/flat at the campground in Whitianga, most of the units were very basic but being lucky first to arrive (it was not busy) we got to pick the best of the bunch which was really cool. Had a great time visiting heaps of cool beaches in the area, including Hot Water Beach.. Hot Water Beach is a thermal phenominon which sees hot water seep through the beach sand at low tide.. aka beach spa. Its a bit of a tourist trap but always worth the effort.. It has a special meaning as it was sitting in a hot beach pool back in 1991 that I decided that NZ would be my new home.. look no further.
We were shocked to realize that the last time we were in the Coromandel was when James was 10 months old.. I think bad memories of holiday traffic jams had conspired to keep us away. However this time the new bridge at Kopu mean that these were worries of the past. Except of course on state highway 2 which was a parking lot on Monday afternoon, we crawled along at snails pace for half-an-hour before taking a sneaky detour at Maramarua (thanks Liane) which saved us enduring a very frustrating crawl back to the southern motorway.