I've taken a break from NZ today, with only five days being 'processed'. I'll finish the job tomorrow.
From Rotorua we travelled to the Coromandel Peninsula on 3 March, stopping for a long break at Karangahake Gorge, where we explored paths and tunnels associated with gold mining between 1875 and 1920.
4 March was a wet day. We found some shelter in Cathedral Cove.
Blue skies greeted us on 5 March, when we headed to Black Jack Lodge near Knoatunu, which had been recommended by folk at Moana Lodge in Wellington. Here, Carl and Carol offer 'sit-on' kayaks on which you can paddle from their lawn up a river or into the sea. We did both; most enjoyable.
A 438 km drive on 6 March took us to the Bay of Islands. We stopped en route for a comfort break at some quirky toilets built by Frederick Hundertwasser.
We stayed at Mayfair Lodge in Paihia for three nights. On 7 March Sue went scuba diving and I enjoyed a bike ride that passed Haruru Falls.