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After we parted company with Andy and Kelsey, we picked up our rental car for the next adventures. Andy had suggested we visit the Coromandel Peninsula, so we made our way down and around the Firth of Thames, and then up the wonderful coastal road up the Coromandel, stopping here and there to enjoy the views.
Our stop for the night was a cabin at Long Bay Motor Camp, at the end of the road to the Long Bay Reserve.
Our cabin at first appeared to be a garage, but once inside, all we could say was WOW.
This is the view from the bed, bliss.
We were treated to the view of the sun sinking into the sea, and some sea-glass collecting on the beach.
Of course, we had to have wine..
The next morning, after a visit to town, we drove over the peninsula and down the East Coast road, again with superb views.
Next stop was Rotirua, for a second fix at the Luge. We arrived too late for the planned 5 runs, so made do with 3, and once again had huge fun.
Do I need to tell you the views were incredible?We spent the night at Taupo. Who can fail to be impressed by the snow-topped volcano Tongariro behind a lake with black swans.
Next adventure was the Forgotten World Highway, a twisty road through native forests, a real feel of the wild. A sign at the start of the highways tells you there is no fuel for 155km.
First stop was Nevins Lookout, up a steep hill (close the gate), but with 360 degree views forever.
While waiting for me to catch up, Ian spotted this wasp making her nest on an old fence post.
From here, the road leaves grassy hills behind and hugs the contours of the native forests like a roller coaster. We stopped at Josh Morgan’s Grave, the surveyor who created this road.
We ended the Highway at Stratford, names after Stratford-on-Avon, with its glockenspiel clock tower.
and on to New Plymouth for the night, were my next blog will pick up the story