27-11-2004

We were very happy to hear that the boat was coming today! The next day
(28-11) we had an appointment with two American birders to go on a pelagic from
Whitianga so time was running out. Our plans to go to Trounson Park for Brown Kiwi
were ruined by the extra day on Tiritiri. Fortunately we were able to get the morning boat
back to Gulf Harbour (after dropping over 90 new visitors – best not plan your trip in the
weekend, it can get crowded) so we set foot on solid ground just after 11:00 o’clock. We
immediately drove to Whitianga in the Coromandel Peninsula, with a bit of birding
underway, but not much special. In Whitianga it was extremely difficult to find
accommodation, apparently due to the fact that 3 couples were getting married the next
day! We finally found the last free cabin in town at Mercury Bay Motor Camp (NZ $ 45,-
).