The annual Pub Charity trip, this year to the Coromandel, was again a great success, and a good time was had by all.
On Monday 10th November the Peka Peka bus, driven by Dennis, left the Kapiti Club on time, to head out towards Rotorua. Lunch was a pre-ordered sandwich at The Mustard Seed Café, in Turangi.
The bus arrived in Rotorua and the evening was spent at the Rotovegas Motel, the group enjoyed a good meal and relaxed after a long day travelling.
Tuesday morning was spent at the Butterfly House, what colorful creatures they are;
Lunch was taken at the Rapaura Water Gardens, with lovely views of the waterfalls, and a guided bush walk.
The group then spent two nights at the Anchor Lodge in Coromandel township, starting with a few relaxing drinks.
Wednesday 12th started with a ride on The Driving Creek Railway & Pottery, the train is in a one hour trip that passes through the Kauri forests. Pottery was available for purchase for those who wished to take home a souvenir.
Next was the Coromandel Stamper Battery, a quartz stamper that was more than 100 year-old.
A drive to historic Whitianga on Thursday morning, this area has been continuously occupied for more than a thousand years, since Maori explorer Kupe’s Tribe settled there.
The group spent some time shopping then had dinner at Whitianga Club, which was a lovely roast pork meat with veggies, followed by apple pie and ice cream.
Friday morning the group went to Flax Mill Bay, having lunch at Eggsentric Café, and then visiting Cooks Beach.
In the afternoon there was a swim trip to the thermal waters of The Lost Spring. The pools are filled 100% pure mineral thermal waters flowing from a spring 600 meters below the earth’s surface.These pools are surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, and an event not to be missed. In deference to the rules of modesty no pictures were taken of anyone in swimming attire.
Saturday heading back to Taupo staying overnight at the Lakeland Resort.They went to the R.S.A. in the evening for a good buffet meal, and enjoyed the entertainment, with singing and dancing, a good time was had by all.
Sunday returning to home, stopping at Taihape for lunch at the Soul Café. Everyone enjoyed their trip, which was part sponsored by Pub Charity, we greatly appreciate their assistance.
Thanks to Joy Ellis and Jenny Livingston for providing pictures and information for this article.