New Zealand 2017

Coromandel, 25-27 November


  North of Thames, there were nice views over the Firth of Thames. †
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  Our first day in Coromandel, we set off north to explore. The first stop was an old gold stamping battery. †
  Unfortunately, it was closed for restoration. But there were bits of old machinery lying around. †
  The stream that used to turn the water wheel to drive the stamper battery. *
  Further north, there was some nice coastal scenery. *

  Inland from Coromandel, there was a strange property infested with feral pigs ... *
  and derelict caravans. *
  Not much happens in Coromandel. †
  The second day, we travelled on the Driving Creek Railway, a narrow gauge railway originally built to bring clay down from the hills to a pottery, but since extended a number of times as a tourist attraction. †
  There is some interesting civil engineering. †
  There is a good view from the "Eye-full Tower" at the end of the line. *
  The old residence that is now the office and owners' residence of the motel where we stayed. It was built in 1876 as the home for a mine manager. †
  The Presbyterian Church. †
  On the way to Rotorua, we were looking for somewhere to have a picnic, and stumbled upon Waihi Beach. †

Then on for two nights in Rotorua.


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