New Zealand Day 5 – Pahia to Whitianga

Today was a long day of driving. Over 250 mile all told. And not 250 miles over straight, level roads. Oh no, it was up and down mountains via twisty curvy roads. There was also slow, stop and go traffic getting through Auckland heading south.

The scenery was spectacular, but there were few options to stop and photograph it. Still, we managed some good shots.

The jet lag has not worn off, so we’re still waking up very early. Since we were up an hour before sunrise we decided to go to the beach which is down the road about a block to capture this

Sunrise Paihia

When we checked out of the hotel and started our journey we decided to stop in and see the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa. This public toilet was designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who lived in Kawakawa from 1975 until his death in 2000.

Hundertwasser Kawakawa toilet

Hundertwasser Kawakawa toilet

Hundertwasser Kawakawa toilet

Hundertwasser Kawakawa toilet

From there it was scenic spot after the other.

View From The Road

Orewa Beach

Hatfields Beach New Zealand

Whitianga Beach

We arrived in Whitianga in the late afternoon very tired, but went out for dinner where Cynthia had Coromandel mussels. These things are huge! And green! And delicious.

Coromandel Mussels

We’re beat. Tomorrow we drive to Rotorua.

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