Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
220Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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We drove on through plantations of kiwi fruit and fields of cattle, the road being slightly inland from the sea. As we progressed north into the 'Coromandel Peninsula' the road became more twisty, as it climbed and fell near the 'Coromandel Forest Park'.
At 'Whenuakite' we turned onto a side road leading directly to the coast and 'Hot Water Beach'
The tide was still falling, so we continued up the coast to arrive at 'Cathedral Cove recreational reserve'. As we parked and set off down the coastal path to the cove, a wedding party was assembling on the headland in the afternoon sunshine. What a great spot for a wedding (I must choose somewhere like this next time)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We walked on down the path and after 45 minutes arrived on the beach next to Cathedral Cove, an enormous limestone arch which had been eroded by the sea and then collapsed, leaving the fascinating rock formation. We walked through it and admired the beach on the far side before returning back uphill to the car park. There were great views over the bays and islands and we were buzzed by the cheeky fantail birds as they hunted for flies.
Returning to Hot Water Beach the tide had now gone out but the wind was blowing breakers onto the beach
Norah decided she would at least go for a paddle but misjudged one larger breaker and experienced water that was definitely not warm!
A bit further up the coast we stopped at the small town of 'Whitianga' for the night, where it was starting to rain.
Distance driven 217 Km 135 miles