Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1
28.02.2013 - 01.03.2013
Thursday morning we drove into Whitianga – Don and I need to buy groceries to make supper tonight, Mani to go to a bone carving workshop, and Rob to use the internet. Murray and Donna stayed back and went to Cathedral Cove by walking. We drove around by the road, dropped Mani off, parked outside the library so we could use their WIFI and got something to eat for lunch at a Bakehouse shop. Then we drove north out of Whitianga to Ring beach past Kuaotunu. We only spent ½ hour there, eating lunch, and then drove back to the supermarket in Whitianga for the groceries. Then the fish market and picked up Mani and came back to Hahei. Then everyone but me went down to Hot Water Beach, where you dig holes in the sand at low tide, looking for the hot springs to sit in. Apparently it was a zoo, with tons of people there, all looking for the best spot and then the tide starting to come in…just a gong show.Then we made supper and bed.
Friday we drove down to Paeroa to a bike rental spot. Murray, Donna, and Mani rode the bikes down the 14 km trail to the rail station at Waikino.
The rest of us drove to Waihi, and after checking out the working gold mine there, caught the little train back to Waikino. There we ate our lunches and then the bike riders showed up. So they took our return train tickets and we took the bikes and rode the 14 km back to Paeroa. It was a very easy trail, very flat, but sunny and hot. The most exciting thing about it was the 1 km long tunnel, lit only by faint ceiling lights. Some of the time it was riding by trust, because we couldn't see the ground in front of us! By the time we got there we were ready for a beer! After the others rejoined us we drove back to Hahei by going the long way round the Coromandel Penisula. We also stopped in Whitianga for supper – our last supper together for this trip. Then home to clean up the place for the morning.