Wordless Wednesday

An almost Wordless Wednesday post..covering our brief stay up in The Coromandel this week. From Wellington, it took us 9 hours (including a couple of stops) to drive up to this beautiful part of New Zealand, famed for its beaches and stunning views. We stayed at a place called Tranquility Hill in Coromandel town, a place that was indeed tranquil and peaceful and with stunning views as you can see below. The featured image at the top of the post is of the road up where we stayed.

The view from where we were staying

Inside and outside our accommodation

A sunset
Looking towards Cooks Beach, named after Captain James Cook who landed nearby in 1769
A beach view
A place of contemplation
Looking over the water from Cooks Beach

The final picture is of Sunday afternoon, when the dusts from the Australian bush fires that had hit the South Island and the south of the North Island earlier in the week fell upon Auckland and where we were. The picture doesn’t really convey the eerie silence and strange light.

Sunday afternoon

We drove back on Monday, through some very windy weather, luckily missing a small bush fire near Bulls, but experiencing a couple of dust storms over The Desert Road. Wellington was bathed in bright sunshine and there wasn’t a breeze in the air, a perfect welcome home.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram@thistleandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on thistlesandkiwis@gmail.com


  1. Beautiful but how sobering New Zealand is being affected by the fires in Australia. A sad example of how what happens “over there” doesn’t stay “over there.”


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