Mercury Bay @ Simpson Beach

January 14, 2016
It was supposed to be sunny today. 😩 Still not a bad view to wake up to. Last night we came back to Mercury Bay in the Coromandel Peninsula. We stayed here a couple nights ago as well. The woman whose yard were staying on (yep) is a legend. Basically, there is an app called “Camper Mate” which lets you know where campsites are nearby and their applicable fees. A typical site is $7-10 per person, per night.. However, we found one for $5. (Every dollar saved means longer of traveling and not having to work.. It adds up. Now, if I could remind myself that every time I want to go to the beer store, I could travel forever, haha). When we arrived it turns out it’s simply an old ladies house who lets travellers stay on her beach front lawn but requests we use to public toilets nearby (which is completely understandable). When we arrived she gave us a long winded history of the land and made us feel really welcomed. It turns out the counsel really doesn’t like her doing this and wants to shut her down. Therefore, we have to do little things like not hand over the money in public, be discrete when disposing our trash in the public trash cans, etc. 😂 As mentioned, we stayed here a couple nights ago and when we came back last night she was full and couldn’t take us in. She didn’t want to turn us away so her and her #mate took it upon themselves to try to find us a hostel which all proved to be full as well. Therefore, they let us post up on their neighbors lawn for the evening! Last night, we sipped beers, sat on that wooden section below, watched the stars and had great convo. It was a wonderful night. Before bed, the woman came to tell us goodnight and brought us a bucket to aid us in washing our dishes. The simple little selfless things Kiwis repeatedly do for us makes me love this country more and more everyday. They’re amazing. Now, of course waking up to this weather isn’t ideal but it comes with the territory. The waves to sound pretty awesome though. Maybe we’ll head back South today. Who knows.

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