With a total of 16 hours and 36 minutes, the Kiwifornia certainly got around.
Katelyn and I were lucky enough to get our hands on the Kiwifornia for an entire week. During that time we visited multiple places around the North Island.
On the first day of our week-long adventure with the Kiwifornia, we drove down to Mount Ruapehu, we then travelled to and stayed at a small campground at Motutere right next to Lake Taupo. On Tuesday we headed for Tirohanga but first stopped in at Rotorua to do the Gondola and Luge. Wednesday was one of our biggest drives from Tirohanga to Whangamata, where we made a few stops and driver swaps along the way. Thursday was one of the best days we had in terms of the weather, it was a relaxing day as we only travelled a short distance of just over 100kms from Whangamata to Matarangi. We made stops in Tairua for fish and chips and of course we stopped for a swim at Hot Water Beach.
On Friday morning, we went for a walk along the beach and we came across an injured blue penguin. Luckily we managed to take it to a bird rescue centre that was within a matter of minutes from where we were. For the rest of the day, we visited some other bays near the top of the Coromandel and stayed at a campground in Otautu. We were only mere meters away from the beach but sadly it was windy and raining all afternoon and evening.
On the weekend we had friends of ours come up and join us for the day. We headed up to one of the furthest, northern points of Coromandel, Port Jackson which was 25km of gravel roads to get to. The final night we spend at Long Bay, just a five minutes’ drive from Coromandel town. After a week of exploring, we then headed back to Hamilton, but not before stopping near Thames for ice cream.
One of the main things that I liked about driving the California was how little it was compared to other campervans. It easy to drive on the tight Coromandel roads, it easily reached 100 on open roads and was simple to park in small towns. I absolutely loved how the beds worked, especially the up top section with the roof popping out, this was so easy to function. Another part of the California that impressed me was how so many things were smartly incorporated into small spaces. For example, the fold-out lawn chairs in the tailgate and the table in the sliding door were an awesome feature.