During a recent visit to New Zealand, my wife and I enjoyed a real change of pace with a tour to the Coromandel Peninsula, a region of spectacular natural beauty across the bay from Auckland. Brian Moorhead and Gaylene Earl, owners of Bush and Beach Ltd., made sure there was ample opportunity to get out and explore.
We strolled through a tropical rain forest, walked along some magnificent beaches, dug our own hot tub on Hot Water Beach, enjoyed tea by a waterfall and picnicked in a park. The pace was relaxed and the scenery magnificent. The cost for the two-day, all-inclusive tour is $230 U.S. Transportation is by eight-passenger, air-conditioned mini-bus. For reservations, write to Bush and Beach Ltd., Box 4, Greenhithe, Auckland, New Zealand.