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 We planned a slow drive back, with two stops to visit friends and relatives en route. But we needed a decent coffee, and the Aero Garden Centre Cafe opposite the airfield in Thames was just what the doctor ordered. Good coffee and scones, and a reasonable price. ​ We planned a slow drive back, with two stops to visit friends and relatives en route. But we needed a decent coffee, and the Aero Garden Centre Cafe opposite the airfield in Thames was just what the doctor ordered. Good coffee and scones, and a reasonable price. ​
  
-{{:​tonka_trips:​coromandel_old_and_new_bridge.jpg ​ |}} **Old and New Bridges across the Firth of Thames**+[{{:​tonka_trips:​coromandel_old_and_new_bridge.jpg ​ |}}**Old and New Bridges across the Firth of Thames**
  
 First stop was going to be to my cousin'​s family bach in Kaiaua. Kaiaua is on the Seabird Coast, next to Miranda. Kaiaua is famous for its fish and chips - you'll find the shop next door to the local traditional hotel. But take your own vinegar - in NZ they don't usually provide it, and if they do, it will cost you. Most of the land nearest the coast is flat, but my cousin was lucky enough to buy a section a few years ago with a lovely view. The family were there for the Labour Weekend, and when we arrived we found another friend there with her children too. So it was a bite of lunch (not fish and chips - the girls were all on diets), a glass of wine, then a game of cricket. A typical way to spend Labour Day. First stop was going to be to my cousin'​s family bach in Kaiaua. Kaiaua is on the Seabird Coast, next to Miranda. Kaiaua is famous for its fish and chips - you'll find the shop next door to the local traditional hotel. But take your own vinegar - in NZ they don't usually provide it, and if they do, it will cost you. Most of the land nearest the coast is flat, but my cousin was lucky enough to buy a section a few years ago with a lovely view. The family were there for the Labour Weekend, and when we arrived we found another friend there with her children too. So it was a bite of lunch (not fish and chips - the girls were all on diets), a glass of wine, then a game of cricket. A typical way to spend Labour Day.
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 Then on further up the coast, to Beachlands. This is another outer-Auckland suburb, with a ferry to Downtown Auckland. Beachlands still retains it's village atmosphere - but I wonder for how long. There is a lot of building going on here, and rumours of a shopping centre. Many of the locals are against this - and I can understand why.  Then on further up the coast, to Beachlands. This is another outer-Auckland suburb, with a ferry to Downtown Auckland. Beachlands still retains it's village atmosphere - but I wonder for how long. There is a lot of building going on here, and rumours of a shopping centre. Many of the locals are against this - and I can understand why. 
  
-{{:​tonka_trips:​terri_charlotte.jpg ​ |}} **Stand in Granny**+[{{:​tonka_trips:​terri_charlotte.jpg ​ |}}**Stand in Granny**
  
 We were visitng a couple more friends who had just had their first baby. Charlotte was a week old, and just under 7 lbs. Tiny! It was lovely to see her, and the proud mum and dad with their new New Zealand citizen. Many congratulations,​ Lee and Laura! I held Charlotte for most of the visit, and decided it was time to go when a sweet mustard smell started emanating from the wriggling bundle...... We were visitng a couple more friends who had just had their first baby. Charlotte was a week old, and just under 7 lbs. Tiny! It was lovely to see her, and the proud mum and dad with their new New Zealand citizen. Many congratulations,​ Lee and Laura! I held Charlotte for most of the visit, and decided it was time to go when a sweet mustard smell started emanating from the wriggling bundle......
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