I started my last Wilderness trip report by saying I’ve lived in the South Island for most of my life. To expand, the only other place I’ve settled down for any period of time is Auckland, in the North Island, where I spent a couple of years after university. Regretfully I didn’t make good use of that time to explore the north, having hardly left the city limits! And so it’s fair to say when I recently had the opportunity to spend 8 days exploring the Coromandel, Taupo and Rotorua areas it was almost like visiting a new country. For my eight year old daughter Olivia, who accompanied me on this trip, this was also completely new territory. Although to be fair she wasn’t so much interested in the scenery but was mostly excited to be spending some quality time with Dad.
We were picked up at Auckland Airport and taken to the Wilderness base by their super-friendly crew, and before we knew it we were on the road in an Outlander 4 with only 72 km on the clock (ah, love that smell of newness!). Our first destination was the remote Fletcher Bay at the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.