You need to think about ferry time tables when making plans. I made the assumption there would be daily departures to Coromandel much like there is a daily ferry to Waiheke. I could just roll on down an catch the 8:45AM ferry out. However when booking my ticket today I found the ferry only leaves Auckland at 6PM on the 18 Feb with no 8:45AM option. That's put a spanner in the plan. So I could either
- Take the 8:45 and stay in Coromandel for the night
- Cycle in the Dark to Thames
- Or catch the 8:45am then next day.