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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

For more of our North Island trip, see here and here.

This is a more difficult post than usual. Not because the content is difficult to put into words, but because I only have one hand to write it with. This past weekend, on a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, I very inconveniently broke my elbow. The upside: no cast. The downside: currently totally useless arm hanging in a sling.

The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand is surrounded by lush blue waters, and covered in rolling hills. Coromandel Town isn’t much more than a petite street with a handful of shops and eateries. Our hostel, The Lion’s Den Hostel, was a cosy, hippie haven just off the main road. Because it was winter, the hostel was almost empty, I was looking forward to relaxing in front of the fire with a cup of tea and some Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, when we came back to the hostel after our dinner of local green tipped mussels, one of the other guests (one of 3 others) had decided to watch “American Dad” on the loudest possible volume in the common area. If you’ve ever tried to read anything with Seth McFarlane in the background, you know it’s impossible. So we retired to our little glass sided, double bed shed in peace.

We woke up early the next day to meet our friends in another town for breakfast and then head to Cathedral Cove for a morning walk before pushing on to Rotorua. As we left, we saw another house guest from the night before, limping her way to the main street to hitch hike. Hitch hiking has a huge taboo in the states, but in New Zealand, everyone does it at some point or other. We weren’t in the habit of picking up hitch hikers, as neither of us are the chattiest people, but Vicky was limping and at 7am the roads were dead.

Vicky ended up being a trouper. She road with us to visit our friends for breakfast, and wandered around the town as we ate (sorry Vicky, we should have invited you!). Then she came with us to Cathedral Cove , and despite her hurt foot, walked along the waterfront to the beach with us (a 3 hour round trip). As we headed South to drop her off and make our way to Rotorua, she even put up with us listening to “Criminal” the podcast. And when we dropped her off in a small town to meet her friends, she gave us little origami thank you notes. Vicky, you are pretty rad, hope you’re doing well back in Hong Kong!

Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

The Lion’s Den Hostel
126 Te Tiki St
Coromandel Town 3506
New Zealand

Cathedral Cove
Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula
New Zealand

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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