I swam with seals!!!
Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
41Trip End Jun 12, 2011
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Well it takes me about 2 hours to actually get out of Auckland - there isn't any sign post clear saying "Nic drive this way" so I get lost and have to ask for help, and I find I'm not that far off the track, so I hit the road, and have a long drive. I find myself on another unsealed road, going to the top of the peninsular to Fletcher bay. The weather is pretty crap, which I was warned about, but I couldn't realty stall my trip, as I had now booked my Oz flight on the 7th. I hitch up to the backpackers - right at lands end, nothing happens here, no shops, only a handful of people, pure relaxation by the beach, if only the weather was better!!! I have a look around the bay, nice and secluded, and retire to my cabin, I'm the only one in it, 4 rooms, 16 beds, and I'm the only one! I chill out with my music and a good dinner and a few beers, it was nice just to have a bit of chill time. the next morning I get up to do the hour and half car journey back to a sealed road on the main highway - my next stop being Hahei
Hahei was my favorite place in the Peninsular, I stayed in another nice little quite backpackers, which had a German family staying, and it surprised me to hear the 6 year old child talking English to me! The two attractions here are Cathedral Cove and Hot water beach. The weather was still a little crap, but I decided to take the hike to Cathedral cove, as I had to be moving on again the next morning. Thankfully the weather holds out, just no sun! - the walk was a good 2 hours return up and down a hill, and exploring little coves, which had secluded beaches. I reach Cathedral Cove, and find about 15 other people there also taking a look, the reason its popular is a hole in the rock basically joining 2 coves together, unfortunately due to rock fall, you couldn't walk between the two coves, and it was sealed off, the beach was nice and tranquil though, which also had a little waterfall due to all the rainfall that had sprang up. The other touristy thing to do was to visit hot water beach at low tide, which was at 18.40 that evening. I get there with my spade in hand ready to dig myself out a little hole to sit in, while hot water seeps in through the sand - when I get there, there are already loads of holes dug up in the sand, so I get into one already dug, and burn my foot! The water really is hot! - it just seeps through the sand, its quite strange really, and you can dig pools out at differing temperatures, its just like going to a spa
The next morning I take another long drive to Mt Maunganui. The scenery along the way has been amazing, and if I could have spent a few months more traveling I would have defiantly spent more time on the Nice beaches around.
Of course in Mt Maunganui there is a mountain which I climb nearing sunset, the views were amazing over the sea, it took about an hour to get to the top, with some very steep climbs, many of the locals used the mountain as part of their fitness regime - madness - it was enough walking it let alone running up it - I get quite a few good pics, and have a quiet night in the hostel.
The next day I take another dolphin boat trip, in the hope of swimming with them. Me and and Anne a German girl from my hostel where the only ones on the tour, which said alot about they guy doing the tour, he has been sailing in the bay of plenty for 25 years, and loves it, its not all about making money for him, he just enjoyed it, so we set out on his sail boat at 8.30, with the sun shining and the wind bitterly cold