The group is a nice mix of ages, couples, and solo travelers. We spent most of the day driving, but we did stop at Mount Eden on our way out of Auckland for some lovely views of the city. From there we headed towards the Coromandel. We stopped at Thames (they pronounce it Tims), the largest town in the Coromandel, for a lunch break. I had a mince meat pie, how I've missed them! From there we continued the drive, it's extremely winding, following the coast and going up over the mountains.
The town where we're staying the evening is called Whitianga (but it seems a WH is pronounced as an 'f' so that was odd). Here we got to "carve" our own tiki pendant from bone. In reality we were mostly sanding, they had already cut the shapes out for us. There were 3 choices and I chose the Koru for my pendant. It was a very interesting task and the gentleman was incredibly talented; some of his pieces were amazing.
|Arturo is a master carver! He explained the process and|
would fix any mistakes we made.