It wasn’t on the itinerary but The Coromandel was one of those happy accidents that make traveling so fun. With the suggestion of friends, we drove a loop through the Coromandel Peninsula. Our first hike was through a very different kind of forest for us, temperate and tropical at the same time. Our second hike seemed pure tropical: palms, lush islands, and turquoise water. It was a great introduction to New Zealand.