THE CAPTIVATING COROMANDEL!

Tour with us 27-29 June

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27 JUNE

We're so lucky to have an absolute jewel on our door-step. June 27 we'll be departing Tauranga to experience the multiplicity of delights the Coromandel Peninsula has to offer.

We'll depart early, & stop in Thames for morning tea, before heading along the picturesque Thames coast.

Our first stop will be the Mahara Sculpture Park and Pottery, "a magical and supremely peaceful haven in 10 acres of lovelinesss, set in the Tapu Valley."

We will continue on to Coromandel.

Before entering the town we will visit the kauri grove & waterfall on the 309 Road, before looking at the delights of The Waterworks, where we will have a late lunch. This venue was voted by AA Tourism as a must do kiwi experience & has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. "It is a theme park with a difference. Set in 5 acres of native Coromandel bush... is an array of water-powered inventions, quirky contraptions and fun to discover at every turn."


Our accommodation will be at Coromandel Court.

28 JUNE

After leaving our accommodation, our first visit for the day will be to the world-renowned Driving Creek Railway, where you will see the pottery of the late Barry Brickell & ride on his masterpiece to the "Eyeful Tower" where you will have a splendid view. We will lunch in Coromandel, before the scenic drive to Whitianga. The Lost Spring Thermal Pools & Day Spa (www.thelostspring.co.nz )is available for the delights of hot tubs/pools & massages or, if that doesn't appeal, shopping is always available.

We will spend the night in Whitianga at Albert No 6...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VauWacOoE3E

29 JUNE

After leaving our accommodation we will travel to Cathedral Cove. The vista from the looking platform can be enjoyed or, if you're feeling fit, you can descend the steps to the beach. Our next stop will be at Cathedral Cove Macadamias. We'll receive a talk about how the orchard runs through the year & view the processing facilities. They will be harvesting when we visit, so, weather permitting, we'll be able to see the hand-picking of the crop.

"Our macadamias are hand-picked & certified organic. Macadamias are high in fibre & anti-oxidants; contain vitamins A, B group and E, are high in beneficial mono-unsaturated fats and are cholesterol free."

After having lunch at Hahei, we will visit the Pour House, a family-owned crat brewery, for a tour of the facility & a tasting (beer/cider).

Our last venue will be Mercury Bay Estate Winery where we will have a wine tasting.

Wine reviewer, Sam Kim, commented on the vineyard's Chardonnay:


...'It is showing lovely ripe fruit aromas of rockmelon, nectarine and baked apple on the nose with roasted hazelnut, lemon peel and brioche nuances. The palate displays generous mouthfeel and smooth texture, leading to a lingering tasty finish. It is juicy and flavoursome with bottle matured complexity. At its best: now to 2019'.

BE QUICK TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

COST: Single: $785.00pp.; Twin share- $595.00pp.

$70.00 deposit (non-refundable) to be made on booking; remainder to be paid by 5 June: a

Payment can be paid to account - 01 0322 021 4423 00 or sent to 14 Ridgemount Tce., Tauranga.


(includes door-to-door transport, accommodation, entry fees/tastings at Mahara, Driving Creek, The Waterworks, The Pour House, Mercury bay Estate Winery.

Does not include meals. optional activities at The Lost Spring.

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