The caravan I stayed is located in Coleville, there is nothing much here just lands, farms and local homes. The reason I chose this place, besides it’s a caravan was because it’s the closest area to get to Coromandel — my next destination.
Waking up in the caravan, for the first time in my life. It felt pretty refreshing, really, you should try sometimes and would you look at the views! I mean who wouldn’t?
Then I got up and walked out and wow…. getting that last bit of sunrise. Man, I could’ve stayed here for months! Ah nope, I’m just kidding as it will get lonely here.. pretty fast LOL though I’m not kidding about the views and the air, it was so refreshing. Absolutely breathtaking.
Now it’s time for the next stop, Coromandel Coastal Walk. I was really looking forward to this walk. The photos on the website looks tremendous!
Following Google Maps, I’ve arrived at the place though I didn’t see any car or any parking lot and well, I noticed the watery bridge.. hmm, not sure whether or not I should take my car across the bridge. I decided to rolled back and find somewhere to park the car, be on my feet and start the walk.
The watery bridge was my starting point, well of course, I figured I should to take off my hiking shoes and socks before crossing the bridge. I basically dipped my toes in the water just to see how cold it is, turned out it was quite cold so I just ran through and that was kinda fun..
One point is ‘Stony Bay Campsite’ and the other end is ‘Fletcher Bay’
— it doesn’t matter where you start, you have to walk back the same way as it’s a one way walk.
The time was around 8 AM, I had to start the walk quite early as it’s quite a long walk.
The walk is 8 hours return (3.5 hours one way walk)
Those guys woke up quite early I’d say. LOL. Alright, let’s get lost in the middle of nowhere!
I normally didn’t take macro photos as much though the fern is one of my most favorite leaves so I stopped and certainly took my time to snap the shot. As I realized how much I enjoyed these little things around me, I need to get moving.
The Scenic Lookout is about an hour out from Stony Bay, now I noticed a sign pointing to a lookout. It’s a few minutes walk to the viewpoint that offers breathtaking views north towards Sugar Loaf and south over Shag Bay.
Arriving at Poley Bay after walking up and down the hills, I’ve encountered with the local cows. It was a bit rocky but still able to walk over just fine.
Those little wooden sticks with arrow sign or orange color are the navigation as there were open hills in which you can just walk in any direction.
On the way down towards Fletcher Bay, I wouldn’t call the path narrow but it was definitely quite steep, so walk carefully on the way down 🙂
Finally arrived at Fletcher Bay –the other end of my starting point. I walked around took a couple of photos and found the perfect spot for my lunch, it’s under the tree. LOL. Then I settled down and had my lunch, while enjoying that it was so peaceful here, I could get used to this. There were like less then 5 ppl at the bay.
At about 12.30 PM, I finished my lunch so I decided to packed up and started walking back.
On the way up from the bay, I met a guy and he told me he started the walk from Fletcher Bay, around 6 AM (here I thought I was early), and guess what? he was about to finish his walk. Oh man, I told him I was just about to walk back, he laughed and said “It’s okay, you’ll make it before it gets dark” — hahaha! well, that’s a relief,
Have you ever wondered how it’s like for them? Live their lives surrounding with such amazingly beautiful places, every single day. Will they enjoy the views ? Will they get tired of walking up and down the hills? Will they go to dip in the ocean when it’s too hot?
At about 3.30 PM, I finished my walk and back to Stony Bay –where I started. It’s been the longest walk I’ve even done, all by myself. I’d say I accomplished something here. Felt pretty awesome though on the opposite of my feet, they obviously need a good rest. LOL. Well, it’s been fun and let me say this, if I get a chance, I’d definitely come back as the scenery was absolutely worth the long walk.
After that, I hopped onto my car then drove off and headed to Thames, where I booked an AirBnb for the night in which I’m really looking forward to seeing the place. The drive should take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Long drive was making me hungry and as I was driving through a small town I couldn’t remember the name, I decided to stop by a small cozy cafe where I again, couldn’t remember the name. Well it was almost 7 PM, they were about to close I guess, though they still managed to get me a takeaway wrap for my dinner so THANK YOU for that!
Then I continue driving and finally reached Eva’s place via AirBnb, gosh Eva’s house was so modern, and simply beautiful. As I arrived quite late, about 8.30PM, I informed Eva (the host) prior that I’d arrive a bit late as I had a long drive from Coromandel and they totally get it. When I arrived, the couple host greet me warmly and kindly. I think they noticed that I was a little bit exhausted (from the long walk and long drive — well, it’s been a long day), we had a small talk before they let me go to my room and told me if I want to chat, feel free to come out later on. I smiled happily and walked to my room with some of my stuffs.
After I unpacked, charged my stuffs, then took a long and nice shower and had some rest, I decided to come out of my room to see if the couple still up, and guess what, they were still sitting in the dining room, talking, laughing, and drinking wines and a cheese plate with cracker and some fruits. Wow, I mean I looks just like what I often saw in the movie. LOL. I would have taken some picture of how perfect they look but probably no. We were talking and sharing some stories of our days, it was pretty nice and chill. It went on for quite some times then we went back to our beds and say goodnight.
Have a good night guy!