Date: Saturday 23 July 2016
Driving time: 30 minutes
Route: just around the area
I went with my hostel friend Mathilde (from France) to Cathedral Cove, the famous Narnia film location! It was absolutely wonderful.
Then we took the ferry to Whitianga, the nearest town, looking for something else to do. We found a couple of art galleries, and also ice cream!!
Then we took the ferry back to my rental car. A woman from Russia (I think her name was Alyona?) tagged along with us. She was looking for “the top of the hill” for some good views, but we had no idea which hill she meant, so we just took her with us to the Shakespeare Cliffs and a nearby lookout point.
Date: Sunday 24 July 2016
Driving time: 3 hours
Route: Hahei to Auckland
Today I drove to Thames because Alyona told me it was a cool place, which it probably was but I didn’t stay long because I was feeling meh. So I just drove on to Auckland. I stayed in a little hostel that had inspirational quotes on the walls.
The next morning I picked up my family from the airport, and my week of solitude (at least while driving) was over.
*Thanks to Mathilde for photos with me in them