Morning walk in Coromandel Town
We stocked up for the next leg of the trip tomorrow, when we'll head north into the wilder portions of the peninsula (a reminder that soon I'll be writing "last leg of the trip").
Quick stop at the Bank of New Zealand to put our account in limbo. Do you notice anything odd about these hours?
Just a hop skip from Coromandel Town and a turn down the renown 309, which bisects the peninsula (and is called a shortcut, though parts are gravel and very skinny), are two worthy destinations, with a tasty third on the return trip. First stop is the Waiau Kauri Grove.
Preview: these kauri are enormous
Remove soil, spray, and scrub-walk over the grate to remove still more.
From a distance, the mighty kauri grove looms.
The large volume of timber was one of their greatest vulnerabilities--that and their perfect lines for ship masts.
More here. And here's a photo from that website...
Look at all the life on this tree.
And more in its highest branches.
A memorable visit to nobility.
You wash on the way out too (someone needs a haircut).
Just down the road is Waiau Falls, a charmer of a tumble.
The fall are best viewed live (click here to see vid if reading in email).
Mussel Kitchen, toward the end of the 309 near Coromandel Town, closes at 3 pm and we make it with three minutes to spare.
Of course they're know for their local mussels...in every form and concoction imaginable.
Mussel fritters for me.
And mussels in panko for Art.
I think we're in paradise...