Category Archives: New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

Airplane Flight Around Coromandel Peninsula

We hired a local pilot to fly us and a friend around the Coromandel Peninsula one afternoon. It was amazing seeing from the air all the places we’ve driven and/or walked, as well as seeing some places I’ve never been. … Continue reading

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Boating at Coromandel Town, New Zealand

A few months ago, we sold our sailboat since we couldn’t use it much, and bought ourselves an inflatable boat with electric motor.  We’ve taken our boat out a few times at our own beach.  Since we were up at Coromandel … Continue reading

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The Waterworks in Coromandel Town, New Zealand

  One place that we’ve been wanting to visit since we arrived here in Thames one and a half years ago is The Waterworks.  This is like nothing else I’ve ever seen or even heard about. This is not your … Continue reading

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Heavier Rains, More Flooding, and a Huge Tree Across our Drive

Yesterday and last night was a huge storm, with wild winds and lots of rain.  When we woke this morning, Andrew commented that our creek was roaring loud.  Everything was soaked, but all our orchard trees, both old and young, … Continue reading

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Heavy Rains, Flooding, and a Slip (Mudslide) on our Drive

We had a huge downpour the other day and night here in Whakatete Bay, and it raised the level in the creek out behind our place and created several flash floods around the Coromandel Peninsula.  Many highways were closed, and … Continue reading

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Orcas (aka Killer Whales) visit Whakatete Bay, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Our neighbor Graham called me up this afternoon and said, “The orcas are here.” At first, I did not quite understand what he was saying. The only times he’d ever called up here previously was to tell us that our … Continue reading

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Karangahake Gorge Rail Trail Bike Ride

Yesterday, a group bike ride along the Karangahake Gorge section of the new Hauraki Rail Trail was sponsored by Bike Wise, and Andrew joined the large group peddling the seven kilometres (4 1/3 miles) from the old Karangahake (pronounced kah-rahng-ah-HAH-keh) Hall to Waikino’s … Continue reading

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