We've heard from Alastair & Carole; Ken is servicable again. Hurrah! We've got somewhere to live when we get back!
We went from Hamilton up Highway 26 through Morrinsville (library) to Te Aroha and then over the Coromandel Mountains to Waihi. These mountains were swarming with gold prospectors in the late 1800s. Half way along the road we came to the Karangahake Gorge,
This is what the gorge looked like in 1910
Dave’s injured himself again; while we were doing a wash-out this morning he dropped a drain cover on his leg.
In the afternoon we had a dash up the fantastic Highway 25. Let’s face it, we haven’t found a road we don’t love yet, but this one is just relentless! We were on a mission; there is a little place called Hot Water Beach about 80kms up the coast from Waihi where a hot spring under the beach emerges 2 hours either side of low tide. We got there with an hour to go and joined lots of other happy people digging our own hot pools in the sand. It was brilliant!
Tidewater Camp Site