Coromandel, number one !
We arrived in New Zealand in Auckland begining of November. First thing we did was to buy our van named Garfield. We hit the road going to the Coromandel Peninsula. We did chill there for a week or so. It’s a great place to chill, people are nice and the landscapes are crazy. It’s in Thames, a city by Coromandel, that we did all of our paper work. We had to get an IRD number and a bank account if we wanted to work in the country with our Working Holiday Visa. We did that in one day ! Everything was done so we could go back to chill before to work. In Whiritoa we found a hidden beach, stayed around for few days.
We began our hike tour of new Zealand with the Pinnacle Track, a nice hike trough the jungle of New Zealand. There were so many steps !!! Walking to the top I was thinking of this scene in Kill Bill when she has to go to the chinese master with buckets of water… The vegetation here is really different from Europe forest. It’s a thick jungle, you can’t see through.
We went to another spot, an old goldmine. It was still in use till the middle of 20th century. Now it looks like an Indiana jones moovie scene. Of course, the day we went to hike there was the only day in the year that the city near by organised a trail in the mountain. It was full of people runing everywhere…
We decided it was time to go to work. What job could we easily find to make some money really quick ? We heard about kiwis job. Working outside, in a kiwi field, why not ? We arrived in Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of the world. We met an indian guy, really weird but nice, and we signed the contracts in his house with his kids playing next door… The job was not complicated but so hard in your mind. After two hours tipping this kiwis, I was thinking « what the hell am I doing here ?! » It was terrible mentally, so boring, we listened a lot of podcast and found some interresting stuff actually. We made enough money to keep going for a while and we didn’t stay too long in this hell.
Gentle Annie Highway and kuripapango
On the road, we went through the Gentle Annie Highway. A nice road that cross the mountains from west to east in the middle of North Island New Zealand. The landscapes changed quickly, from nice valley to high plateau, full of sheeps. We went to the best campsite we found so far, in Kuripapango. There we hiked to the Kuripapango summit, not so high but really windy.