|I have finally driven on both the wrong side of the road and the car. The coromandel area does not have many bus routes so I decided to rent a car and explore. The transition to driving here was not difficult at all and I had no problems on the road. I started out in Thames but there was not a whole lot going on there so my stay there was short. I started out on highway 25 towards coromandel town and took 309 rd to see the Kauri trees. 309 Rd is a famous gravel road in the area, however it was closed right after the Kuri grove so I could not take it all the way to Whitianga. Kauri trees are huge and related to the redwood however, due to over logging there are very few left. After retracing my way back to Coromandel town I continued down highway 25 to kuaotunu where I took another gravel road to get to Opito Bay. I was planning on staying in Kuaotunu but it was still early and I decided to make my way down to Hahei. The next day I got an early start to Cathederal Cove which was my favorite spot in NZ and also featured in the movie Prince Caspian. In the afternoon I made my way to Hot water beach. At hot water beach you are supposed to be able to dig a hole in the sand and make your own hot tub. However, it is easier said then done and after a couple of hours of having my hole washed away by rogue waves I gave up for the day. I decided to stay an extra night in Hahei since it was a lot better than sitting in Thames. I went to Cooks beach and the ferry landing followed by another try at Hot water beach. In the end Hot Water beach once again won and I came away without a hot tub. I head back to Thames in the morning to catch a bus on Sat for the bay of islands.