Day 1 of the Coromandel - All quite nicely, slightly bit pricey

by - Thursday, April 19, 2012

currently: sitting on a top bunk. I haven't done this since I was 14.

This morning I woke up in my bed in Auckland. And sat in a car for about three hours, driving along the coast line on long winding roads, narrowly avoiding large road-hogging trucks.

Tonight I'm going to bed in a unit in Wyuna Bay, Coromandel - home of... a bay, six tractors and a collection of fishing boats. Like the view?
We'll be staying here over the next two nights as a getaway from Auckland. And frankly, no offence to the city I love so dearly, but I'm sick of Auckland. I needed this change of scene, and what's more better than a secluded beachside holiday? Where we're staying is a small little bach/unit. And I do mean small, because the main room is a lounge/bedroom/dining area all in one. Some may say cramped - but I say it's fine when it's only two days.

Soon as we got here, we (aka me and the Canon DSLR) took a trip around the yard, having a look around this new temporary environment. It's quite cool, the unit has cute backyard filled with benches and knick-knacks.

Beach itself is lovely too. It's not necessarily a "tourist beach" beach, but more one for those who are boaties/kayaker fans. Because there are a lot of rocks, and I don't really enjoy swimming and playing on top of sharp rocks. (but hey, that's just me).

It's nice though, because the beach is definitely not one that everyone knows of, except the owners of the houses around here. I loved the look of this boat house when I saw it. Spoiled my shoes in the wet sand, but it was worth the shot.

And of course seeing the quiet beach out my window instead of loud and noisy tourists is a plus.

Anyway, first meal in the Coromandel - Fish and chips. We went out of Coro-Town to this place called the Mussel Kitchen where they serve hot mussels (amongst other things of course). But it comes at a price. This plate was around $14.

I don't even remember how much this mussel curry was, but it wasn't cheap either.
It was a nice place to be though. Food tasted fresh, chips were crisp. $16 bucks though for Fish and Chips? Bit much.

But the rest of Coro-Town is lovely. There's this sort of rustic quality to it. But I guess that's what some people would call outdated, or old. Probably doesn't help that the town is super small. Much smaller than I was expecting. Small = limiting. Especially with food choices as they seem to enjoy hiking up the prices of stuff here. Bought a pizza to takeaway for dinner tonight: $16. And this was a small sized Hawaiian pizza. With shaved ham. (Sorry, don't have a picture of this, but here's a picture of the town).

Anyway, this town is full of cute little quirks. For example, saw this sign on a 4 Square noticeboard.

And this was outside an Arts Space store. I feel this should be in front of every women-focused retailer. (And call me nerdy, but I love the striking contrasts of colour.)

This post is going to end very adruptly now, as I'm being rushed to go to bed. But overall, Coro-Town is nice. But there's not a great deal going down here. It's pretty, but not overly fascinating/lively at every turn. I feel these two birds could sum it up best:
Bird 2: Anything happening?
Bird 1: Nope. But my leg is asleep.

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  1. well mel, most of your comments about coro-town are bang on the mark, just your interpretations are a little jaffa'd. "a little small"? "limiting"? perhaps a few more hair salons, boutique clothing stores and 22 cafes serving mocha-latte and paninis might help you relax more? lets knock down those outdated and old buildings and build a more aesthetically pleasing mall, perhaps we could install some traffic lights at each end of town to ensure you don't suffer "traffic jam withdrawl" and what quaint little town is complete without a pizza-hut to ensure a steady supply of cut price Hawaiian and a kfc across the heavily congested road.
    yes you pay more for most things in coro-town, due to the extra freight costs not because we "enjoy" hiking the prices up. the price of living in paradise I guess??
    no theres not a lot happening, not a lot going down it's not very lively and that's exactly why tens of thousands of people come back every year. we in coro-town call it "RELAXING" try it sometime mel. "not fascinating"? put your iphone and tablet away for 5 mins and you may just realise how bloody marvellous and precious the coromandel is. and to sum up I only need 1 bird to flick at you (totally tongue n cheek love) you seem quite nice, just a little jaffaionated. relax,chill out and don't eat too much pizza. love n best wishes capt mark

    1. Hahah I guess you may have a point. I'm an Aucklander, and have been my entire life.
      Can't say your suggestions about my "Jaffa'd" lifestyle are completely true though. Hey, I'd love to own an iPhone or tablet. I'd love to be able to afford "boutique clothing stores" and maybe sometime in my life I'll be able to afford to go to an actual "hair salon" as opposed to a community barber shop.

      I just happen to enjoy finding places that have a lot more to explore and take in, and I guess that's why a town like Coro-town doesn't suit me for very long. I didn't write about this, but Thames on the way back was a town I wished I spent more in. Their street market was full of friendly and interesting locals, character churches with history, and had it not been Sunday I would have trawled through their Salvation Army store - I love those places. You find the most fascinating things in stores like that.

      So there was no offense meant for Coro-Town. I just wish I had bought food on my way there so I could have something other than a pizza - you can get pizza anywhere. And I guess if I ever for some reason end back at Coro-Town, I'll choose to not go during April when it happens to turn pitch black in town by 6pm.