Monday 22 February – to Taupo

Hello Leigh!  She was already up and on her iPad when I opened my eyes.  (I had been sleeping on a bed behind the sofa in the sitting room looking out to sea). ‘Twas another beautiful sparkling morning as I sat down to mixed muesli with yoghurt, peaches and apple and some freshly brewed coffee.  We spied a two-mast sailboat out in the bay that had not been there before.


Leigh, Mary and I decided on one last swim in the ocean before heading back to Leigh’s home in Taupo.  She had been away for over a week at conferences.

The sea was inviting as ever but the initial big wave still took us all by surprise and we shrieked as we threw ourselves into the water.  Dan, Leigh’s husband stayed well away, probably disowning us!

All showered and changed, we packed up the car and said our farewells to Mary.  What a wonderful way to unwind after my long haul from England via Beijing on Friday and an excellent start to my second New Zealand trip.  Thank you Mary and Leigh!!

imageWe wound our way along the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, this time enjoying the stunning scenery which I missed in the dark late on Friday night.  At Thames we stopped for delicious fish and chips – lemon fish, terakihi and snapper.  Then continued on our way through familiar territory including Tirau with its corrugated figures.

image We stopped to pick up Leigh’s company car before our final destination in Taupo where we were greeted profusely by Sally and Shonnie.


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