Take Five on SH25 : Kopu to Coromandel Town
It's a journey, not a race - there may still be starting and end points, but the experience is what matters most. And it's not a commute either, no matter how familiar this road is to you, but a fresh trip each time.
1. : Kaimoana for the weekend: Blackbeard's Smokehouse
Fresh Coro' mussels, smoked fish pies, smoked fish (Akaroa Salmon, kahawai and gemfish) plus plenty of Blackbeards award winning smoked mussels. The team won two silvers in the Outstanding Food Producer awards this year, one of them being for a new flavour, Chilli BBQ, which is a collab with local hot sauce maker Uncle Dunkles Chilli. A truly unique Coro' product.
Mussels are an environmentally friendly, low-waste foodsource that is sustainably farmed in the waters of the majestic Coromandel.
Low in fat, and high in iron, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids - mussels are a superfood!
Open 10am - 5pm at 1B Kopu Road, Kopu.
2. Take a walk around Thames
Stretch your legs along the coastal walkway (it goes all the way to Tararu) taking in the tranquility of the Hauraki Gulf, or check out the great cafes and boutique shops in the town's main street, Pollen. Much of Thames is named after the goldfields era, and the guide below is divided into sections under those names to help you find some of the original places.
3. Stay and play at Waiomu
You will pass through a number of coastal settlements lining the bays on your way north, but the huge trees at the Waiomu Domain are sure to catch your eye. Just across the road from local legend and home of fabulous food, Waiomu Beach Cafe and a stone's throw to Seaspray Motel, for truly waterfront accommodation (which is pretty unique these days).
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