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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.
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.
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.
2. Climb Whangapoua.
3. Visit Otama Beach.
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.
5. Walk around campsites and observe how other people have fun in summer.
6. Walk to Cathedral Cove. Another touristy one, but you can’t miss it. There’s a reason they filmed Narnia there.
7. Walk along Hahei beach and swing on the rope swing.
8. While you’re there, appreciate the spectacular rockface.
9. Climb every tree you pass.
10. Visit the funny little thrift and curio stores in Thames.
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.
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
Travel tip: Take a nice cotton throw that can be used as a towel, picnic blanket or warm wrap in the evenings.
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…
A photo posted by Olivia Round (@oliviaroundtown) on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:59pm PST
Can anyone guess where?