Tango in Tauranga

     All good things must end and it’s time for this traveler to move on!  

      Departing the Coromandel, we headed to Tauranga.  Unfortunately, the route off the peninsula was just as winding and precarious as the way in.  En route I experienced a first for me….that fabulous feeling of being sea sick…in a CAR!  I thought those days were behind me when I left Yachting.  

     Tauranga was a huge surprise;  a super cool, extremely foodie town with so many trendy spots….chic and with beachy vibes! Completely my kind of place with heaps of palm trees and beautiful sea views around every corner.  Our friends, Jen and Paul Wilson, made sure we saw all the fun spots and really got a feel for the town.  

 

   

 Day one, we woke up to a brilliant sunny, but cool day, and headed to Mount Maunganui.  What a great waterfront with access to the Mount. We opted for a fairly level walk around the base of the mountain as opposed to a steep climb to the summit.  This decision may, or may not, be correlated to the amount of alcohol consumed with our beautibul dinner the night before….???

 

A little “Hair of the Dog”, as well as a small healthy salad…

 

   Another highlight was dinner at a restaurant called Nomad.  Wow…what incredibly unique and beautifully presented food.  The Gnocchi with Braised Venison Cheeks was a melt in your mouth experience.

Gorgeous Pork Belly

 

 After dinner drinks with friends were lively…..it was St. Patricks Day…. and a fun way to see the town in “After Dark” mode!

    The next evening was a beautiful dinner at our host’s house…so funny when you put a bunch of foodies and ex- yachties together

 

   The Kiwis know how to work a grill…

Grilled Quail stuffed with apples and bacon

     

     Obviously, the meals we had at Jen and Paul’s were restaurant quality as well so, we definitely departed a little more fat and sassy than when we arrived.  We quite possibly need a detox but we’ll see if and when that happens…Maybe Nepal???

      So, speaking of detox, cruising next to Hawke’s Bay, one of the best wine producing regions in New Zealand.  Looking forward to dinner at the Craggy Range Winery courtesy of our friends Tash and Giles Trenear Harvey, whose family lives just down the road.  Can’t wait to taste the wines in the Cellar Door and then enjoy some more with dinner…The detox will definitely have to wait!