We had a week or so with the family in Auckland before heading south. During that time we identified Panmure as a suitable place for a mooring. Already, the idea of getting a boat in New Zealand was beginning to take root.
We drove south, calling to see a friend in Taupo on the way, then making our way over the ferry to Picton, and down the west coast again. One of the highlights was a visit to the heronry not far from Whataroa,
On past the glaciers, we went again to Doubtful Sound As hoped, the weather was considerably better. On the way back, we called in to the Blenheim Wine Festival and explored the local wineries.
In 2016 I finally gor round to producing a video of the trip (right)
On the way back up North Island we called in to see Dairne’s cousins, John and Kerryn in Rotarua before spending a week on a campsite with the family at Whananaki. They had a tent, and we had a chalet. It worked well.
Finally, we were drawn back to Coromandel, and the fascinating Driving Creek Railway.