Waiheke to Coromandel: New Zealand Road Trip
This is one of those “bridge posts”, where I tell you how we got from one place to another. I’m sure that it really wouldn’t matter if I just jumped from one place to the next, but, to be honest, what I love about blogging, is the stories I get to tell. I love looking back through the posts, and recalling all the small, seemingly insignificant, details. In the long run, it is all those “little details” that really add up to who we are, and the adventure that we have been on.
So how did we get onto this floating vessel, with a bunch of cars?
We had spent our first night in New Zealand, at a hotel in Auckland. Bright and early the next day, we caught a ferry over to Waiheke Island. We had already picked up our car rental the day before, and let that at the ferry terminal before heading over to explore Waiheke. It seemed a little too costly to take our car over to the island, but in hindsight, this would have resulted in a lot less walking, and waiting for buses.
You can check out all of Waiheke Island explorations here:
As we were leaving Waiheke Island, it started to rain. We were happy to be back on the ferry and heading to the mainland. Justin and I each had a little bit of sunburn, but since Eli was sleeping during the sunniest part of the day, so he was completely covered. We hadn’t even felt like we were in the sun much at all – but all of those stories about the sun being stronger over Australia and New Zealand are true!
The ferry that we returned to Auckland on was much smaller than the one we had left on. It had barely any of the fancy facilities that we had enjoyed earlier in the day. Eli woke up while we were sitting down, and then got up to play at the area by our feet. He found a newspaper and started reciting all of the letters. Clearly his nap had done him well!
The Real Road Trip Begins
Although we had picked up our car the day before, we left like our road trip was only really beginning after we left Auckland. The night before, while desperately searching for some dinner for us, Justin purchased snacks and refreshements for the road. We were all stocked up on water and supplies – so once we disembarked from the ferry, we walked straight over to our car, and got on the road! We stopped for some delicious warm pies along the way.
Oh that look!
How awesome if Eli’s little spot in the back of the car? He has the iPad fixed to the back of Justin’s headrest, a box of toys and books next to him, and lots to look at out the window. He used to hate getting into the carseat, but now he LOVES it!
Our first leg our driving was from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula: 187 km. On this trip, we were using Apple Maps on our phones in place of GPS trackers. We knew that the journey would take just over two hours, but we QUICKLY learned that driving times in New Zealand were almost always longer than expected.
We rented a small little cottage for two nights. Our AirBnb hosts had this little place put up for when their kids come to the Coromandel Peninsula to visit. They left us quite details instructions for how to get in, what to do inside, and other little tips for our stay.
It is always a pleasure to arrive somewhere and feel like the host cares for you. Even if you never meet them, the little notes, snacks and “gifts” go a long way to making guests feel welcome. This place, for example, had a little jug of milk in the fridge. As coffee drinkers, we really appreciate that. When you arrive late, you don’t always have time to pick up milk.
When we got into our little AirBnb cottage, the hosts had already set up a pack ‘n play for Eli. We took some time to familarize ourselves with the cottage, take bags out the car, and settle in. This little place was perfect for us!
That evening a massive storm rolled in! The lighting was so bad that the electricity went off. It sound like the roof of the cottage was going to lift off and fly away. Just like the night where we slept in a Treehouse, and I thought that we were going to die, Justin and Eli slept through the entire storm. Not a worry in the world!
When the power came back on, I searched the internet to see if the storm was as bad as it had sounded. It was so big that I had numerous people messaging me, asking if we were okay. Seems the storm made international news, and we were really lucky that we weren’t caught out in it!