After arriving back from the north we stayed in Bens aunties flat for the evening and cleaned up the campervan in the morning. We left after rush hour to ensure we didn?t get caught up in the queues of traffic. We headed south east and made Coromandel the target to stay in a motorcamp for the evening. Our first stop of the day was in Maraetai where we enjoyed the weather and the gorgeous beach to ourselves. Ria decided that she going to have a crack at driving the van as she hadn?t tried yet and even though she seemed ok whilst driving some of the winding roads she couldn?t get comfortable so she let Ben continue driving for the rest of the week.Â We drove for a large portion of the day but that didn?t matter in the slightest as we passed though some small towns (Thames, Coromandel etc) and the drive was mainly along coastal roads and gave us great views of bays and beaches to keep us happy, the roads got a lot more windy and steep as the day progressed and we stopped at a lot of scenic lookouts which provided great photo?s. Â The main stop off of the day was at Hot Water Beach which definitely lived up to it?s name. You can rent a shovel if you want and dig a hole in front of the rocks and water that surfaces comes from a hot spring under ground and gives you your very own hot spa, we decided to be a little lazy and just dip our feet in a hole that had been left from previous people but even that proved to be a little to hot to stand in. It was really surprising how many people were sitting in the holes enjoying the heat!! After chilling there for a few minutes we drove down to a quieter beach called Cathedral Cove where we relaxed in the sunshine for an hour or so enjoying the peace and the beautiful beach.Â We managed to pass Coromandel and eventually settled for a quiet motorcamp in Whangamata for the evening. It was such a small town and as we were both tired again we chilled out with our DVD and fair sized double bed.Â We left early the next day 7.30am heading for Gisbourne.