Moving on


So, as this adventure was not turning out quite the way I planned it, even though I was having a lovely time, I decided to cut it short and after a BIG night out in Mount Maunganui I drove to Auckland airport, dropped off the rental car and eventually checked in my 40kgs of luggage – whoops 10kgs over but thank you to the lovely check in lady who ignored this fact – after scrabbling through the bags to find the lighter and matches that are not allowed in checked in luggage, yes I know that really I was just having a bad morning!! I did read the inflight magazine – nothing inspirational in this time – 12 hours later I was back in Bangkok in the 35C heat and humidity.
So that’s the end of this blog for now, not sure when I’ll start it up again….or even, if. Hope you’ve enjoyed travelling with me…..see you all on Skype or facebook or email or, even better, in the flesh, soon xx


Mount Maunganui Main Beach


Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Spectacular view from Bowentown Lookout

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What a difference a day makes!

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I was so glad I had my morning walk around the gold mine as the rain set in during the afternoon and it didn’t stop all evening and into the night. The wind was howling and the rain was coming down so hard that I didn’t even venture out for dinner so I had my freeze dried food for dinner in my holiday park unit whilst listening to more Desert Island Disc podcasts.

What a difference a day makes! After a very fitful nights sleep I awoke to glorious sunshine. I packed up and drove via Waihi Beach to Bowentown and climbed the lookout for magnificent views down the coastline. I then drove back to Waihi Beach for a scrummy breakfast of Creamy Mushrooms at Flat White Beach Cafe. Next I drove to Tauranga and had a walk around town and coffee and cheesecake whilst watching the world go by. I have friends in Mount Maunganui so I spent some time sitting on the beach watching the surfers until my friends were home from work. We then had a fun evening being serenaded by Aaron Bloomfield over a delicious dinner at The Drawing Room. A little too much alcohol was imbibed – you would think I’d have learnt by now wouldn’t you!

Martha Gold Mine Waihi

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Karangahake Gorge

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Wet wet wet!


By the time I collected my hire car, drove to Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula about an hour and a half south east of Auckland and checked in to the Cotswold Cottages it was around 3pm. The weather in the North Island has been quite unseasonal for the last week, high winds and in some places three months worth of rainfall in 48 hours. Despite this I decided to walk into town for dinner tonight – big mistake! On the way there it was only light drizzle, on the way back it was torrential, I got drenched! Anyway at least I still had my walk today.
On Tuesday I drove to Karangahake Gorge and had a lovely walk around the Railway Tunnel Loop along the gushing river and through the old railway tunnel.
This morning I had a walk around the Martha Gold Mine at Waihi and have now come to Waihi Beach. I’m hoping the rain will stop this afternoon long enough for me to walk along the promontory to Bowentown.

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