Postcards from Coromandel [The Travel Diaries]

Last weekend a friend of ours (our very own kiwi born) invited us to spend the weekend in Coromandel. He had booked a “holiday house” better know as a batch in Ferry Landing for a few days, so we went there with a few of our friends.
One thing I love about New Zealand, is that no matter where you are going within the country, there is no way you can be bored,there are always mountains, cliffs, lakes, every time you turn your head there is something to see. Back in Argentina, most routes (specially the one heading south of the country) are mostly plain, there is nothing but kilometres and kilometres of plain grass.

On Friday, by 3.30pm we where already on the road, given that winter has come by the time we got to the house is was super dark, we could hear the sea close to the house but we were not able to see anything, I was not sure what to expect but next day I woke up early in the morning to this view.

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That Saturday was a full on day, we had our breakfast, walked around the front beach and then we drove to lonely bay for a quick look at the Shakespeare Cliff reserve. After that we went to Narnia.
Yes you heard right, we did a 30 minutes walk to Cathedral Cove, that for those who watched the second Naria Movie “Prince Caspian” might remember this place as the beach where the Pevensie Kids arrive when they are transported back to Narnia. I must say I was quite excited about that last one and I think people noticed it, specially since I screamed “For Narniaaaaa” every 5 minutes since we set foot on the trail. (sorry guys)

We went back to the batch for lunch after a mini yoga session in the beach (I was in change of the photos….Ha! you really though I was going to do sports on my day off?) play some song in the guitar, lay around a bit, made some home made pasta and when the sun went down, we drove down to Whitianga’s Lost Spring Resort for a late night swim in the Geo-thermal pools.I’m not really one for Geo-thermal things, but to do it at night and just float around, staring a the clear sky with thousands stars shining bright is something I truly recommend doing. (Thank you S&C for the idea)

I’ll leave you with some more photos of the trip and I’ll see you next time. Jules.-

[Spanish Version]

La semana pasada un amigo (nuestro propio kiwi) nos invitó a pasar el fin de semana en Coromandel. Había reservado una “casa de vacaciones” mejor conocido como un batch en Ferry Landing por unos días, así que fuimos allí con algunos amigos.

Una de las cosas que más me gusta de Nueva Zelanda, es que no importa dónde te dirigas en el país, no hay manera de aburrirse del paisaje, siempre hay montañas, acantilados, lagos, cada vez que giras la cabeza hay algo que ver. En Argentina, la mayoría de las rutas (especialmente las que van para el sur del país) son en su mayoría llanas, no hay más que kilómetros y kilómetros de pasto o tienen un paisaje muy “constante.”

El viernes a las 15:30 ya estábamos en camino, y como es invierno para cuando llegamos a la casa estaba super oscuro, podíamos oír el mar cerca de la casa, pero no eramos capaces de ver nada, no estaba segura de qué esperar, pero al día siguiente me desperté temprano en la mañana con esta vista.

Ese sábado fue un día completo, tomamos el desayuno, caminamos por la playa de enfrente y luego nos fuimos para Lonely Bay para un vistazo rápido a la reserva de Shakespeare Cliff. Después de eso fuimos a Narnia…

Sí, escucharon bien, hicimos una caminata de 30 minutos hasta Cathedral Cove, que para los que vieron la segunda película Narnia “El Príncipe Caspian” podrán recordar que este es el lugar donde los niños Pevensie llegan cuando son transportados de vuelta a Narnia. Debo decir que me quedé bastante entusiasmada con esto último, y creo que la gente lo notó, especialmente por que desde que pusimos un pie en el camino empecé a gritar cada 5 minutos “Por Narniaaaaa” (perdon chicos)

Volvimos a la casa para el almuerzo después de una sesión de mini yoga en la playa (quede a cargo de las fotos …. ¡Ja! Realmente creían que iba a hacer deportes en mi día libre?) Tocamos la guitarra, descansamos un poco, cocinamos un poco de pasta casera y cuando bajo el sol, manejamos hasta e; Spa Lost Springs en Whitianga para darnos un baño nocturno en la aguas termales. Realmente no soy una gran fanática de las agua geotérmicas, pero hacerlo de noche y simplemente quedarse flotando, mirando un cielo despejado con miles de estrellas brillando es algo que yo realmente recomiendo hacer. (Gracias S & C por la idea)
Los dejo con algunas fotos más del viaje y nos vemos la próxima vez. Jules. –

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2 thoughts on “Postcards from Coromandel [The Travel Diaries]

  1. I have fond memories of Cathedral Cove. About 10 years ago, a big group of about 20 of us including many travellers did a road trip around the Coromandel area. We set up at a different beach every day and just roamed for a week or more. We were poor but we shared all our food and we all had tents. It was great! We spent a whole day at Cathedral Cove and I think it might have been the first time I’d ever been there.

    I love that booking a bach is so easy and affordable. We’re going to stay at a bach this weekend at Mangawhai Heads. It has a beach view, spa pool, outdoor fireplace, indoor fireplace and even a petanque pitch.

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    • The great things about bachs is that if you slit the cost between people you can get a huge place for little money. This one even what quite cheap already.
      So jealous you are going to Mangawhai Heads…we can take care of little Tofu for you (Le boyfriend would love it haha)

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