Life's a beach

Trip Start Oct 18, 2010
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Trip End Jan 18, 2011


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Farm Campsite

Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday 11th December 2010


So we woke up once again happy to be in New Zealand on a lovely beach, tea was made then a quick run ensued up the gravel road.  As per usual we creamed it past all the campers only to wither into small balls, puffing and panting once out of sight.  We did some shorter runs up and down a wee hill.  When we looked up at our surroundings we saw we were the local cattle's morning entertainment, two heads were apparent peering over the hill behind us.  They did not move for the whole time, just watched.  We then casually strolled back into sight of the campground and sprinted back to the truck.  After a quick cold dip we set to packing up and having some breakfast, we are becoming boil egg fanatics and had our usual again this morning.  During pack up we waved the spandex clad cyclists off and were shortly after on the rough track back to civilisation, and again through Coleville and onwards to the township Coromandel.  We needed to do some chores and setup camp in a local cafe for internet business and blogging.  We did washing and shopping although the blogging was less successful.  We then slowly made our way across the peninsula eastwards to the coast on the other side.  We were headed for New Chums beach for lunch supposedly one of the worlds top ten beaches.  We arrived at a beach to be told that there is a short walk around the headland to the beach we wanted to be at.  The current beach was pretty lovely itself and we were ravenous so we did a spot of lunching.  We then scrambled around to the really special New Chums beach, which was now in the lonely planet guide and probably had lost some of it's exclusivity.  There was a steady stream of people walking to and from the beach, we could tell they were tourists as most of them didn't say hello as we bid them a passing smile.  We did however reslise once at the beach why the praise had been reaped upon this small semi circular beach.  It seemed to have everything, stunning rock formations to the sides and behind, trees sweeping down to the foreshore, lovely white pink sand, with blue warm water.  Very nice indeed.  We sat and watched, had a swim and then headed back, as we still had no place of rest for the evening.  We jumped back in the truck and headed south down the cost.  We scanned the map and tour books and headed towards a farm campsite by the beach! We had become a little wary of farm campsites as it can often just be a field.  On the way we picked up a local paper for the tide times as we were thinking to head for hot water beach the next morning.  We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the camping ground and soon tried to pack out.  Except a new fault manifested itself it our trusty truck, the back door wouldn't open we were in essence locked out of our house.  We pulled pushed, I banged poked and swore, Ania hung the washing out and made space for me the climb in the back and take a look.  Finally after an hour or so we got in and setup.  We had a meal of corned beef hash and cabbage and finished off with a walk along the rather lovely beach.  We set the alarm very early so we would catch the hot pools at the beach we had read and heard so much about......
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