Housesitting in New Zealand, Life at No.22

Housesitting in New Zealand – Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel Peninsula even in winter is a slice of heavenly white sandy beaches, hidden coves and lush forested hills all the essential elements of a classic Kiwi holiday.  For us, it is a sort of holiday in that we get out of our home environment to head off to experience a small community we have only previously passed through.  This time our experience will be staying in a local area around the Coromandel coast for a month.

Having completed over 37 housesits, mainly in Europe, Turkey and the UK we weren’t ready to give up all our hard work, the reputation of being reliable and experienced housesitters.

We have missed our previous life of being “nomads” and being involved with housesitting and most of all, meeting new people and their pets.

This time we don’t have to travel 24hrs covering thousands of kilometres using a variety of travel methods to get to where we need to be.

Just one mode of transportation. Our car.  Travelling from Tauranga to the Coromandel will only take approximately a two-hour drive by car without a detour to Whangamata or other coastal towns.  Two felines [Mumba and Pippy] will be greeting us as will their human parents and neighbours.

Our first meeting with everyone will be enjoyed over a casual lunch.  

A few HIGHLIGHTS

Cook's Beach (background), Lonely Bay Beach (foreground).jpg
Cook’s Beach (background), Lonely Bay Beach (foreground)

It is far from being new territory, for us to explore.  Though it has been years since we ventured through that area.  Our month there will mean that we can refamiliarise ourselves with some of the 400 kilometres (250 miles) of coastline, unspoilt beaches, walks through the rainforest that surrounds many of the beaches.  It will be winter by the time we finish our first week.  We are prepared for rainy days, and the raincoats are packed to enjoy long walks along the beach.

Then there are the quaint villages/towns to visit for supplies and the essential flat white after exploring.  Not that we will be venturing too far from our base, as the beach at our doorstep will have most of our attention for the month.

We are fortunate, as we will be replenishing our energy in a tranquil area while savouring a few delicious meals of fresh fish if the fisherman is in the right spot when those fish are biting.

This is a taster of more to come about our time on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Housesitting in New Zealand Coromandel Peninsula

 

65 thoughts on “Housesitting in New Zealand – Coromandel Peninsula”

  1. Hi Suzanne, I made myself a note to make sure I read this post. New Zealand has a special place in our hearts. We stayed on Cooks Beach, Coromandel Peninsula at Flaxmill Bay Hideaway for a few days at the beginning of this year. I posted a story on March 10, 2019 showing pictures of Lonely Bay titled “Contemplating a tattoo in New Zealand”. I was inspired by watching the waves. I look forward to reading more about your visit:) Erica

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  2. Wishing you a wonderful time! The Coromandel Peninsula looks amazing! How lovely that you get back to house sitting again and get to explore new areas, or at least one you’ve been out of touch for a while. 😊

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  3. One doesn’t need to go far to enjoy a bit of house and pet sitting. 🙂 I’m happy for you both to get a change of scenery and spend a month in this beautiful area. You also often seem to have fun meeting the owners and the neighbors. Not all of our house sits are that social! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Liesbet, and we are looking forward to it and not too far away. Yes, not all of our housesits are social. Though we always find someone to chat with or have even found ex-NZer’s living in a small village where we have housesat. Small world:-)

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  4. What a lovely spot Suzanne – all that beach! Nice that it’s almost local and not across the world this time too. I bet you’re so excited to get started and enjoy your month with those two lovely pets as well.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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  5. Yay! It’s good to see you didn’t totally give up on house sitting and your nomadic lifestyle! The Coromandel Peninsula looks like a stunning place to explore, and it must be nice to be able to get home without the 24 hours on a plane!

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  6. Hi, Suzanne – This looks like a win-win-win-win. You get to re-engage in something that you love, use your skills, help someone out and explore your own backyard. I have never done housesitting or petsitting but I have done over 25 different home exchanges (Australia, France, Thailand, Czech Republic, and several cities in the US and Canada). This past weekend, Richard and I did a home exchange that was just a two-hour drive from us. It came with numerous perks…including the opportunity to exchange with this same couple again (with minimal notice needed). 🙂

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    1. Donna, I think you have created your own win win situation. House swapping does seem to have many features similar to housesitting. A big bonus is having repeats, which we loved as it was usually more relaxing the second time around. You must be getting excited about doing the Italian section of the camino.

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  7. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to hearing all about it.
    P.S. I love your photos Sue. That sunrise/sunset? picture at the top is beautiful but they’re all fabulous. I love your composition and your artist’s eye.

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