After two days we left Rotorua and it was a very short drive to Papamoa,nl 73 km. This small town is situated just under Tauranga , at the coast. We arrived already at 10.30 am and got a fantastic spot looking over the Bay of Plenty and on Motiti island. It was warm and sunny when we arrived. The planning was to stay here only one night however It is like paradise over here so should be foolish to leave again, therefore we will skip Waihi beach and drive after Papamoa directly to Hotwater Beach. The morning was filled with a visit at the shopping mall and bought some goodies for our survival kit. Papamoa lies in " The Central North Island " as mentioned above close by Tauranga which is the largest city ( 100.000) in the western Bay of Plenty and important commercial centre and port. It's benign climate and coastal location are attractive for retired kiwi's. Although still warm it was cloudying up this afternoon and according good Dutch tradition time to do the laundry as it is Monday already. Tomorrow the weather forecast is sunny and will be a relaxing beach day. Life is hard , sometimes but not now.