Coromandel Peninsula Recap

April 30, 2017

The Coromandel Penninsula is a unique place in New Zealand’s North Island. There is a map below but it is a peninsula situated just East of Auckland. Over a year ago, Brit, Emma and I did the drive to the Coromandel in hopes of finding some farm work. We were getting low on funds and needed to refill the bank account. We did the drive and upon arrival realized that there isn’t really much farming work up here.. in reality, there isn’t much of anything up here! This is one ofย the attractions and beauties of New Zealand – untouched and barely scathed landscapes. When we arrived in the Coromandel we were greeted by a huge rainstorm that lasted a couple days. It was a hard part in the trip to be honest. We were in dire need of work, there ended up not being any work around annnnd it wouldn’t stop raining and we were staying in non-waterproof tents (long story). SO – we held strong and sat and did nothing for a couple days – then on the third/fourth day we were greeted with beautiful blue skies. This is the day that these photos were taken as we did a long drive around the peninsula before realizing that the rain would be back the following day to greet us. At this point, we counted our losses and left the Coromandel. This is the only time I made it up there during my trip – I could complain about only one day of sun but I will never forget this day. Every turn was was a stark contrast of the blue water and skies with the greenest of green hills. After our one day of sun out, we turned back around and headed back to Napier. Napier is where we worked before on the apple and kiwi farm so we knew there was work awaiting! This time when we arrived in Napier, I worked on a wine vineyard! Some of the most demanding and hands on jobs I have ever experienced (also ones which I’ll never forget!)

Queenstown Bound!

March 1, 2016

Queenstown.. I’m coming for you real soon! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿป

I will miss the North Island.. It’s slowly becoming my favorite. :popcorn: Jokes, “I like them the same.” ๐Ÿฟ

Here is one from a while back with Emma & Brittanyย up in Coromandel. It was a fun road to drive. We didn’t get very lucky with the weather, but one day the clouds parted giving us this.. I’ll take it. ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Mercury Bay @ Simpson Beach

January 14, 2016
It was supposed to be sunny today. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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.