The first part of my journey through New Zealand took me up the Coromandel Peninsula, the northeastern part of the country. The peninsula extends off the coast and has white sandy beaches and a rocky coastline with spires rising like sentinels from the ocean. The highway has the narrowest roads I’ve ever driven so it’s hard to keep up to the speed limit when driving on the left-hand side of the road, which is new to me and sometimes daunting after over a decade driving on the right-hand side. Driving to my chosen destinations seem like it will take hours, as it looks to be far away on the map, but I guess I have to get used to New Zealand distances and not Canadian. I picked up groceries in a little seaside town and continued my way up the coast looking for an ideal spot to park my van for the first night sleeping in it. I drove up and down the coast looking for a good spot to park my self-contained vehicle. After backtracking along the ocean road several times, I decided on a little residential road that put me right on the edge of a short beach facing west. I spent the evening cooking and watching the sunset before going to bed very early at 8 pm as I could barely keep my eyes open.