For the holidays after Christmas Michelle and I headed to Port Jackson, which is a DOC site on the coast of the Northern tip of the Coromandel. We had plans to meet up with some friends to camp for a couple days. It’s a small 70 (roughly) camp site that is about 4 hours away from Auckland. The road in from Coromandel Town is all gravel, windy and pretty tight. It’s the type of road that if you go off the road you don’t come back; you end up in the ocean. Michelle didn’t quite enjoy the ride as much as I did, but one thing is for sure it was beautiful.
We arrived on the 29th to some amazing weather. It took us a good hour to set up the tent, blow up the paddle board and unload the car. Port Jackson is well equipped with bbq’s, long drops and cold showers. You don’t really need much else! After unpacking and a look around we hit up the beach and met up with our friends. A quick swim and paddle board and the first day was finished with some cold beers.
On the 30th we woke up to rain, a lot of rain. It rained all morning and not just a sprinkle, I mean it came down hard. At some points the ground couldn’t absorb all the water. Now I was a bit worried about how the tent would hold up, but the inside never got wet, so all good. Our tent had a front area where we could sit and ride out the storm. What do you do to pass time when stuck in a tent in the rain.. drink beer. We started at about 930am. By the avo the rain had passed and things started to dry out… the tent that is. We kept on drinking and had a great rest of the day. We headed over to our friends tents where they were more of the glampers than campers. They had a big 4 room tent (for 2 pp) and a gazebo, which was great. You could attach walls and get out of the rain and wind. We all just hung out here drinking, eating and talking shit.. as we do!
We woke up on the 31st to blue skies and sun shine. It was going to be a great last day of 2012. We spent the day on the beach paddle boarding, swimming, body boarding and tossing a Frisbee around. Very relaxing. That night we drank and laughed our way into 2013.
Unfortunately on the 2nd we had to go home as I was scheduled to work the Thursday and Friday. We packed up early and hit the road as I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. On the way home we did hit traffic and were slowed up a bit, but not as bad as some mates who were stuck on the road form Port Jackson to Coromandel Town for 4 hours… it should take 1 hour. Yikes. Port Jackson is an amazing little spot that families go to. If you are looking for a huge party.. this isn’t the place. An ice truck comes through twice daily, so you beer will be kept cold. I hope to head back sometime as it is a pretty mint spot that not a lot of people go to.. a hidden gem so to speak.
A few things i learnt while up in port jackson:
- Michelle doesnt like camping in the rain
- dont blow into a self inflating mattress
- Just because I like roughing it, doesnt mean others do
- A good chilly bin is worth its weight in gold
- I cant surf my paddle boards in rough waters.. got owned
- A good air matress is our next purchase
- NZ has some amazing camp sites that are cheap as chips
- I need to do more camping