Coromandel loop

Day 190, Tuesday 27 February 2018.

I rode around the larger Coromandel loop clockwise today with the friends I’m staying with in Whitianga. We rode south to Whangamata, with a side excursion to Opoutere, then through Waihi Beach to Bowentown, skirted around Waihi, and came back along the Thames Coast Road.

I hadn’t been to Opoutere before. The sealed road leads to a car park in Wharekawa Harbour, and a track leads through a pine forest to a sandy beach with views of Slipper and Mayor islands. The pine forest has been poisoned, presumably because the trees have no commercial value and will be replaced with natives.

Bowentown has a pair of hills which were once Māori pā, which have nice views over Tauranga Harbour.

First two photos at Opoutere. Last photo at Bowentown.

Distance travelled: 311 km. Total distance so far: 24.949 km.

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