Yesterday, we made our way down the coast from Orewa to Coromandel, visiting beautiful Rapaura Water Gardens at Tapu en route (

The tail end of the cyclone followed us down the coast, so it was a damp day.

Today, we walked the Coromandel Coastal Walkway on a trip run by Coromandel Discovery –  From Fletcher Bay, it is a 3 – 4 hr 10km self-guided trek over to Stony Bay with a pick up back to Coromandel Town.

We stopped off at Colville on the way to Fletcher Bay.  The population is only 70 there – they have a great little general store stocking everything from organic potatoes to fishing tackle and a myriad of other useful bits and pieces – a bit of a godsend for this remote little community.

The peninsula road up the coast is unmade for most of the way making the trip a bit of a bone shaker.  The route is fringed with majestic pohutukawa trees, some over 1000 years old.

What worries the people up here?

Kiwi extinction – no dogs are allowed on the walking trails to protect these increasingly endangered little birds.

Loss of the native kauri trees – diseases are earth borne, so they are meticulous about cleaning your boots at the start and end of a walk.  Our walking boots were sprayed with disinfectant when we landed at the airport.

Immigration – especially from China – is driving up property prices.

Drowning is apparently the biggest cause of death in New Zealand.  We drove through a deep ford and clambered over many streams on the walk today, but thankfully arrived back at Coromandel Town safe and sound.

Walking through the dense bush forest – a multitude of different greens and a lovely fresh smell as we squashed the damp undergrowth and ferns.  We saw very few people on the walk – but two of those we did se were walking barefoot – getting in touch with nature this way is all the rage here, apparently!

Foodie firsts:
Gurnard was the catch of the day for our fish and chip supper at The Coromondel Hotel (nicknamed Top Pub as it is the furthest to walk – why did we pick that one after a 10k walk?!)

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