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
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.