Monday, 24 January 2011

Coromandel North Island NZ

For That's my world  

On our holiday we stayed not far from the Coromandel in the North of the North island. A beautiful area with many great beaches and wild inland.


We started at Thames and had a look at the butterfly garden, which is small but beautiful



We drove over the Tapu-Coroglen road, which is mainly a gravel Road through the middle of the Coromandel range. The scenery is stunning and makes me think of the West Coast of the South Island with all these fern trees.

From this road we walked.to this +/- 1200 year old Kauri tree which is the 15th largest tree on the Peninsula.


When we came to the other side we had a gorgeous 1 1/2 hour return walk to the cathedral cove. Here a stunning view from the track.




A stone next to Cathedral Cove
Hot water beach. Here you can get a shovel, dig a hole in the beach and lay down in the wonderful hot water. We passed as it poured down with rain when we arrived so we had a coffee next to this place.

The Karangahake Gorge

Between Waihi and Paeroa is the karangahake Gorge, where you certainly have to go to when you are in the area. It has gorgeous tracks over swing bridges, through mining tunnels (window walk) and  nature is gobsmucking here. We went here for a day and walked some tracks.

Track over the old railway through a kilometre long brick-lined tunnel


I love walking along the river

Can't get enough of wild rivers

A walk through the rocks
Passing over to the other side on a swing bridge

I've got so many pictures I could fill a book with it but they will turn up now and than on my blog. There is more to come though from other places.

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics. I love Coromandel and stay in Tairua at a friend's place. Haven't been for a while though.

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  2. Absolutely stunning pictures! I cannot describe how envious I am of the beautiful countryside.

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  3. I confess that my jaw has fallen to the ground and I am drooling all over my keyboard. What beautiful pictures. I too love wild rivers. I would have thought that it would have been fun sitting in the hot water at the beach while it rained.

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  4. I had a great stay in New Zealand and when I see the pictures I would like to go back again, realy a beautifull country.

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  5. Stunning scenery and beautiful pictures.
    Dan is Nederland toch maar een 'tam' landje ;-)

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  6. What a gorgeous place and the scenery is indeed stunning! Your photos are superb, breathtaking! I would be very happy to spend some vacation time there! Have a great week, Marja!

    Sylvia

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  7. Wonderful photos. I feel like you just took me on a National Geographic tour. :)

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  8. A few years ago we were fortunate to be able to visit your lovely country and Cathedral Cove was one of our stops. Thanks for the memory and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  9. These are fantastic photos. if you were there about 30 years ago, you might have snap my photo. My husband was doing his PhD research and I was helping him. So Coromandels have a special place in my heart.

    So sad, you have more after shocks.

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  10. What a breathtaking corner of the globe, Marja! Such a stunning landscape … and that black and red butterfly is magnificent. I also enjoyed and will return to your Kid’s Corner. You certainly have a youthful spirit. :)

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  11. Wow, that is extraordinary. That's the type of place I'd love to visit for an extended time.

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  12. What a beautiful place! I'm in love with the Kauri tree.

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  13. I must ditto Bert. I was hoping to return to NZ this month to visit my sister and niece, but it was not to be, so now I just enjoy your wonderful series of photos.

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  14. wow! what a gorgeous place. So much green, makes me happy! Great photo series, looks like so much fun!

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  15. Gorgeous pictures and the butterflyis so beautiful ! What a nice place !

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  16. Beautiful pictures from an amazing landscape. Congratulations.

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  17. So beautiful. I'm lost for words and that is very unusual!

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  18. Wow! What wonderful pictures!! I have a rather curious question: Do you have snakes in New Zealand? I hope not, I would love to walk through such beautiful lands without worry of those critters!! LOL I'm in the US and yes we have snakes and I don't like them!! Thanks if you are able to answer! Elly from WV, USA

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  19. Dear lualla I am happy to tell you that the only snakes we have live in zoo's. We have no dangerous spiders or anything like it either
    That's what I like about NZ too.

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  20. That forest feels absolutely primordial. And that trail and bridge - awesome.

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  21. Wow, what beautiful pics you have in this post! Actually, your whole blog, I've been reading along. Very very beautiful!

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  22. Great Pics!!

    Wanna go back there when the kids are older. Brings my memory back to 2005 when we where there (and visited you guys).
    (graps the photoalbum/ checking our pictures. Where did i left the video of that holiday ????)

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