On the Other Side of the Road
Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
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Once we got to our accommodation in Coromandel Town, we realized we were far from the attractions we wanted to see on the Coromandel Peninsula. Oops! No worries, there's always something to do, so … Waterworks Amusement Park it was. This was a recommended nearby attraction and is known to show off New Zealand's quirkiness. Quirky it most definitely is! It's basically an amusement park made of recycled materials (car axels, old wooden furniture, rusted aluminum, etc.). Most of the attractions here had to do with water and were interactive. On more than one occasion throughout our walk around the park, we fell for the tricks set up which sprayed us with water. Although many attractions here made us wonder how weird the creator of this park must be, we definitely had fun riding around on flying cars and trying out a human hamster wheel.
Today we woke up to rain, but that didn't stop us from driving to Cathedral Cove on the other side of the Peninsula. This drive was even more challenging than yesterday's because along with the winding roads and climbs and drops, we also had to drive through strong winds, heavy rain, and foggy mountains. The drive was well worth it! Cathedral Cove is beautiful. Even though it was raining the entire day, the hike was fun to get to the Cove and back and the Cove itself is stunning, located on a nice beach. The water was too rough to swim in, but we walked along the shoreline and took some great pictures.
Back to the car for some more winding roads heading to a cheese factory. We went to the Cheese Barn and shared a cheese board. It was delicious! After we ate, we were back in the car and on our way to Rotorua, where we will be spending the next 4 days. During our drives in the last two days, we were amazed by the amount of greenery, the beauty of the landscape, and the crazy amount of cows and sheep we saw!