OLIVIA ROUND COROMANDEL

Know for:
 Idyllic beaches
 Hot Water Beach
 Freedom Camping
 Hiking
 Cute Beach Villages

It’s summertime down-under which means long days, night swims, cooking on the beach and exploring our exquisite land from the moment the sun unfurls from behind the hills – to when the sky is enveloped in a blanket of stars.

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Almost every weekend has involved a road trip to a gorgeous beach – because living in New Zealand, you’d be silly not to.

Over Auckland Anniversary weekend David and I went to the Coromandel because he’d only been once. So typically I insisted on visiting every beach on the way. Here’s a seasoned traveler’s guide to The Coromandel.

WHERE TO STAY

Where other than New Chums beach itself? Here are the beautiful stages throughout the day from the little clearing we set up camp.

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Otherwise there are plenty of other campsites, holiday parks and B&Bs in the area. Unfortunately the nearest freedom camping spot is in Thames.

Travel tip: Don’t sleep in your car unless you get up really early. Inspections start at 6am. If caught you could get pinged with a fine.

WHAT TO DO

1. Buy a film camera and go exploring.

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© Photos by Olivia Round & David Evans

2. Climb Whangapoua.

3. Visit Otama Beach.

One of my favourite places 🐚🌾 #OliviaRoundCoromandel

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4. Be a tourist (ironically) and dig a hole at Hot Water Beach. There’s always an exception to the rule, don’t try and be too cool this time… For tide times, click here. Take a picnic.

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5. Walk around campsites and observe how other people have fun in summer.

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6. Walk to Cathedral Cove. Another touristy one, but you can’t miss it. There’s a reason they filmed Narnia there.

Cathedral Cove adventures 🐬 // 📷: @psychedelicpanther #OliviaRoundCoromandel

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7. Walk along Hahei beach and swing on the rope swing.

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© Photo by David Evans

8. While you’re there, appreciate the spectacular rockface.

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9. Climb every tree you pass.

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10. Visit the funny little thrift and curio stores in Thames.

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WHAT TO WEAR

My recent trip consisted of one skirt and David’s tees, so I’ve dug out some pics from last summer for outfit inspiration. The trick? Pack one item that goes with everything. The more versatile the outfit, the better. Eg. a nice skirt or pair of shorts ~ or a plain black/white top.

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Bikini: $10 from Glassons (I love the crisscross back) • Tote: $5 from Kmart
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Cardi: old Sportsgirl number • Top: $15 from a thrift store • Skirt: Piperlime, New York • Bag: Hospice store • Sunglasses: Anthropologie • Shoes: Birkenstock
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Hat: School uniform shop (!) • Glasses: Found on the beach years ago • Top: Vintage store in NYC • Belt: Mum’s wardrobe • Shorts: Glassons • Necklace: (DIY) Pendant from my great aunt’s travels strung on a hat elastic

WHAT TO EAT

We packed enough food to last a lifetime because everyone knows beach town stores cost the earth.

Our go-to lunches were:

  • Hummus on Vitawheats (not dry-vitas which are gross)
  • Sandwiches with avo, balsamic, lemon, lettuce, carrot, tomato + pepper (delish)
  • Black coffee + Dark Ghana chocolate

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Travel tip: Take a nice cotton throw that can be used as a towel, picnic blanket or warm wrap in the evenings.

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And there you have it! Go and explore the beautiful Coromandel this weekend.

If you want to know where the best ice-cream shop is or think I’ve missed something please feel free to post a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

On another note, this is where I was last weekend…

🐬 evening swims in paradise 🐬

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my hair is permanently salty and I love it 💁🏽🌊

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Can anyone guess where?

Love,

Liv x

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