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Road trip to Coromandel

Two hungover "teens" and an eager mummy

sunny 16 °C

I'm one of those people who likes to organise stuff and sort people out. I like to think I tread the fine line between bossy and enthusiastic.

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So using the impending arrival of my friend Faye flying over from England as an excuse to rent a car a day early to "test it out", I phone up my friends Chris and Gabby and shoved them in the back for a road trip.

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I say shoved because both of them were hungover, while I was mega excited to get going. It was like being mummy to two grumpy teenagers.

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Once I finally got out of the car rental place (they'll be getting a strongly-word feedback essay on TripAdvisor), we set off to the beautiful Coromandel area. For those whose geography isn't that great, if you hold up your left hand in a mitten shape (all fingers together with thumb separate), that's what the top half of New Zealand's north island looks like. Auckland is at the bottom of your index finger and Coromandel is the thumb. So they're opposite each other but there is a lot of water in the way, so the drive was in a U-shape around the coastline.

On Sunday, 6th September we set off and once we got through the initial 30 minutes of motorway out of Auckland, the scenery was amazing! Like AWESOME.

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I let the pictures of this page do most of the talking, but lets just say it as epic.

Once we started heading north again (after the bottom half of the "U") it got even better. It took a lot of concentration as the road was narrow and literally inches away from the sea, but it was worth all the concentration and tense arms too see this part of the country.

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As I'm a bit of a photo geek, we stopped plenty of times for lots of pictures. I also made Gabby and Chris pose a few times, which in their hungover state they absolutely LOVED. Haha.

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And after hours of gorgeous scenery we finally got to Coromandel Town. Where we stayed for all of 45 minutes to eat seafood and enjoy the local pub. And that was that.

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Afterwards it was pretty much an about turn and straight back to driving more epic scenery and coastline.

It was an amazing day and a great little adventure but SO tiring driving for about eight hours. Worth it though as we had so many giggles together. By the end of it I was knackered, which was a good, thing as it meant I went to bed early ready to get up early in the morning to meet Faye at the airport. Yeeeeeah.

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Posted by emmaabroad 14:20 Archived in New Zealand Tagged sea auckland rental cars driving car scenery new friends zealand friendship seaside seafood sunshine coromandel

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