Hot Water Beach & sea kayaking on the Coromandel
Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
83Trip End Apr 10, 2010
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Due to the fact that a number of the 'test-holes' that had been dug contained nothing but cold, there were several foreigners testing the pools and exclaiming, 'This isn't hot', like victims of some scandalous fraud. That was until they were invited to try one of the hot hot pools - at which point they quickly jump out as if they'd been stung by a bee and proclaim, 'Man! That is hot!'.
My big mistake in the hole adventure was giving up the pool we'd dug while Gem was changing into her swimming stuff. So there were those few minutes between losing the old spot and finding the new one that I remained on guard, in anticipation of a punch to the face or another of Gem's deadly body-combat moves.
Once tired of hot we set off to rendevous with the kayaking portion of our adventure. We were pleased to be in the presence of an instructor - someone who might be able to stop us from sinking - and we were equally pleased to see that these kayak's looked less sinkable than our previous ones. They each took two paddlers and even had a peddle controlled rudder. So after a brief briefing and group introductions we were thrust into the sea to explore various bays along the shore, including the famous Cathedral Cove. Then we headed out to one of the islands further out. While out in the ocean we saw a penguin and gannet, and at one point found ourselves surrounded by strings of single-celled-organisms in the water that resembled small, salty (I ate one) jelly cubes.
Anyway - suffice to say, we arrived back on shore about 3 hours later without having sunk even once. Our next stop would be Auckland - our final north island destination before flying south to Christchurch. See you there ...