‘Coromandel is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life,’ explains Anil with his signature childlike exuberance. Coromandel is about an hour and a half drive from Auckland airport. He strongly suggested taking the coastal Pacific Coast Highway from Auckland just for the added touch of scenery.
It’s autumn in NZ now, which is supposedly the best time to be travelling and checking out the places around. It’s quite a famous destination for the backpacking variety as its got loads of activities happening from sky diving to diving to bungy jumping.
During his travel, Anil has been collecting most of his information from the I Site visitor centres around NZ. These are essentially information centres on NZ’s travel, localities and activities in and around the city. Quite resourceful, I thought.
Coromandel has about 15 backpacker lodges and around 18 motels to pick from.
My friend, who I’m forced to call Penelope Pitstop for his delicate tastes, decided to stay at a fancy place called McGoo’s Retreat, a traditional Lockwood ranch style house with plenty of space for 5 people. He paid somewhere around $NZ 200.
‘If you’re born for the water, then Coromandel is your birthplace,’ writes Anil. ‘It’s just so unbelievably beautiful. On the first day itself, I went out on a boat trip and was hoping to do some fishing. My hotel put me in touch with Epic Adventures, which offer excellent guided fishing tours along the east coast. Coromandel is famous for its yellowtail kingfish and snapper fish. These guys at Epic fishing seriously know how to show people a good time! I got hooked up with a really cool sportslike fishing boat and even got my catch cooked! If you’re planning a trip here, you’ve got to check out Coromandel and look up Carl Muir of Epic Adventures. They’re based in Tairua. You take care dude, say hello to the wife and enjoy your dinner while I go back to eating some fresh kingfish!’