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COROMANDEL TOWN to OPOTIKI : 3rd APRIL 2016

Lush green hills and 3 Black Cats !

End of daylight savings meant turning the clock back - and we have a long day ahead. This of course means an early start for us - 7:45am.
Beautiful fresh morning, we stopped at the top looking back down at Coromandel Town and the Hauraki Gulf - a spectacular view.
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Black cows look like ants on the hillside.
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We are now travelling on the West of the Coromandel Peninsula, the winding roads are a motorcyclists dream - rider beware - these roads are still slippery the same as we experienced yesterday.
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Farm sign which I think the Maori term of Ohana means "working together" - quite appropriate for a farm !
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Along a little bit further on that nice winding road we stopped again, I can't believe how vibrant the green grass looks -
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We rolled into the lovely little town of Thames and decided a coffee stop was required.
We found the "Café Melbourne" much to our delight!
The Café owner is homesick for Melbourne so created this café which was quite an experience, we could have sworn we were in Acland Street Melbourne. And the coffee was up to Melbourne standard !

Avoiding the bad weather became the order of the day, we managed to dodge the worst of it, only getting rain for a short time.
We rode through the Kaimai Range, stunning hilly country. At one point we were 10kms from Matamata where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. There is a "Hobbiton" village with tours available for fans. Not for us today !

Along the way we were entertained by old cars from the 50's who were on a "run" from Waihi where there is a large congregation this weekend.

Back around Rotorua - and "that smell" and on to Opotiki in glorious sunshine.

Steve having a little lie down overlooking the Bay of Plenty.
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Erosion has caused some serious damage here - trees are barely hanging on!
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Dinner at the Masonic Hotel/Irish Pub/Indian Restaurant - yes all three in one establishment.

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We are in for some seriously good luck - according to Irish folklore black cats are good luck - 3 must be extremely good luck.

This 3 were lazing at the door way just keeping an eye on everybody !
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Posted by MKaye 01:46 Archived in New Zealand

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Stunning day after day - hard to cope with!

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