Coromandel

We said goodbye to Auckland and started the next part of our trip which was a 3 hour drive over to Coromandel. Our first stop was on the West coast of the Coromandel Peninsula where we walked around looking for clams and oysters. There were a few other people out who were collecting some in their buckets to take home and cook up.

We enjoyed walking down in the ankle deep water and taking a look, as the tide was pretty far out.

On the West coast of the Coromandel Peninsula

On the West coast of the Coromandel Peninsula

The birds had eaten most of the clams.

The birds had eaten most of the clams.

Searching!

Searching!

The day was pretty overcast with scattered showers, so it was a little dreary out, but we still had fun!

Next we took the 309 road, which goes from the south of Coromandel and ends near Whitianga. The road was a small windy dirt road, but there ended up being lots to do!

Our first stop came about 20 minutes in when we stopped by a place that had 50 little pigs running around. Luckily, earlier we had stopped and grabbed a brochure to let us know that this place was known as Stuart’s pigs! Stuart is a friendly fellow that has many pigs that wander around the side of the road. Tourists like us all stop to take a look at the pigs and chat with Stuart. Stuart even encourages people to pick up his pigs for a photo! It was an awesome stop!

Me an another little piglet!

Me and a little piglet!

Sami and a little piglet!

Sami and another little piglet!

 

Just some of Stuart's pigs running around!

Some of Stuart’s pigs running around!

A few kilometers past Stuart’s pigs was a place to stop and take a short 5 minute hike to see a waterfall. It was totally worth the walk.

The Beautiful Waterfall!

The Beautiful Waterfall!

We went for a swim! It was pretty cold!

We went for a swim! It was pretty cold!

Despite being the #8 out of 12 things to do on trip advisor, I highly recommend taking the 309 road!

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