Heading for the sunshine of Coromandel
Today I rose early to avoid most of traffic when reaching the outer limits via highway 1. The outside temperature felt a few degrees warmer today, and I was looking forward to my trip along the coast to Coromandel.
My first stop was Clevedon, highlighted in my guide book as a great place to stop for coffee and purchase some local wool products and local crafts. The sun was now shining very brightly, and was able to remove a few layers under my riding jacket to absorb the sunshine.
After stocking-up on holiday souvenirs it was time to hit the road again towards the Waitawa National Park, then hugging the coastline towards Waitakaruru, where I pick-up Highway 25 north.
The views along Highway 25 are absolutely amazing, with many miles of beautiful coastline and dramatic sweeping roads.
Upon reaching the outskirts of Thames, I noticed a lot of ANZACK Day flags and memorials along the main road, so I decided to stop for a rest break and take in some of the local atmosphere. I was fortunate enough stop next to the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, so I ventured inside to see the current exhibit celebrating some of the amazing women who served during World War One “The Great War”.
I was absolutely amazed to read some of the stories and artefacts on display, which also triggered a brief chat with organisers, who also recommended visiting the war memorial which overlooks Thames. The memorial had hosted a remembrance ceremony to the fallen heroes, and I felt very privileged to be here.
After spending a superb few hours in Thames, I picked-up Highway 25 again, heading through beautiful small towns dotted along the road.
I reach Coromandel during the late afternoon, and checked in to my superb lodgings for the evening. The sun was very strong today, and I was feeling the impact of too much sunshine, so after unpacking decided it must be time for dinner and a glass of wine! So far New Zealand is a gift that keeps on giving!!