The Coromandel is a popular holiday spot in Summer and if you’re Auckland born and raised, I’m picking that you’ve likely clocked up time as a youth ringing in the New Year on one of its beautiful beaches. As someone who grew up in the South Island however, the first time I visited this region of New Zealand was just eight years ago. My step mother has a beautiful holiday home at Hahei so we have spent a little time over January or Easter each year there since her and my Dad met, enjoying the beauty of the Hahei beach, but the Coromandel as a whole is not an area I have spent much time.
When looking for a little family getaway during the recent school holidays we settled on the Coromandel as our destination because of all the unheard of gems we could explore. Shane has spent time as one of those youths I mentioned above, but there was much he was yet to see and the kids haven’t discovered any of the jewels of the region so it was a done deal. All of those reasons, as well as the fact that it’s just a short 2 to 2.5 hours drive from Auckland made it a very attractive destination for our four day/three night getaway.
My kids are seven, five and two – so pretty much the perfect ages for travelling in my opinion. No more portacots and high chairs to jigsaw-puzzle-pack in the back of the car, heck this time I didn’t even take a pram! Talk about liberating! It was so easy to pack up little bags for each of the babes and one for myself and jump in the car and go.
We had a nicely laid out itinerary – something exciting to look forward to each day, but not jam packed to the point of overwhelming. Later evenings out and lazier morning starts while on holiday mean that little ones still need some downtime so I was careful to ensure there was time to just do nothing if that’s what we felt like doing.
Shane had international work guests that he needed to spend Monday with, so the kids and I set off our on Day 1 adventure alone. With a lightly packed car, but a full tank of gas and snacks at the ready, me and my little bears pulled out of our driveway at 9:30am and pressed play on the first of a rather large pile of audio books from our local library. Everyone was excited and ready for the journey ahead.
My children don’t love road-tripping. And I don’t like them watching the iPad in the car because I feel like learning to appreciate the world outside their window as we meander through new scenery and into regions that look vastly different from their every day landscape is important. Besides, as kids my family did a four hour (each way) road trip at least one a month and never had screens to distract us. Those hours of singing in the back seat with my siblings and playing iSpy are some of my favourite childhood memories. I want the same for my littles.
We listened to the 52 Story Treehouse and chatted about what our holiday would be like, stopped for snacks a couple of times and rolled into Hot Water Beach for our first planned activity just before 12pm.
I’ll be sharing exactly what we actually did over the next few days, where we stayed and the highlights of our holiday, but for now, here’s a little teaser from our 3000 photos! Eeeek
Check in tomorrow to see more of what we got up to on our family adventure.
* this series of posts was made possible thanks to The Coromandel New Zealand.