. There was a campsite right next to the beach as well - I would have loved to stay there! We also had a good laugh at the seagulls, especially one that ran so funnily! See the video below! Stupidly, I was enjoying the beach so much that I didn't realise the sun was shining directly on my back, and when we got home that evening my back was bright red! Ouch, silly me! We drove although the way to end of the road, the very tip of Coromandel, and a bay called Fletcher Bay, only to be pretty disappointed, as it was a very average beach. But we had seen so many by that time that we had sort of become desensitised to them! We made our way back along the road, and took a slight detour to the other side of the peninsular. Finally, the last beach I'll mention is Little Bay, a sweet beach with some interesting rock formations! Sadly, by this time the sky had darkened and it started to rain, so we couldn't appreciate it in its full glory. And finally we got back to the hostel, where Kim attempted to cook pancakes, but the pack was so battered, they just stuck to the bottom and burned. So Kim had the novel idea of microwaving the mixture, and I wass lucky enough to have the first microwaved 'pancake'. It was quite nice, but did make me feel a bit sick (sorry Kim! Good effort though. I've never had pancakes for dinner before!). Before we knew it it was Sunday, and we had to leave. We stopped at a couple of nice beaches before heading to the famous Cathedral Cove. We parked the car, and walked 30 minutes down to the beach
. Thankfully the sun had come out, and we had clear skies, sapphire blue water, and warm sun! Perfect beach weather. After the 30 minute trek, we finally got down to the Cove. And it was amazing. One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Huge pieces of rock just sitting in the sea, white sand, hidden caves - words don't do it justice. The giant archway was fantastic. I walked through and imagined I was walking into Narnia! We spent the afternoon sunbathing on the sand, and then I had a swim in the clear blue water, swimming around the giant rock! Then when I got out I washed in the freshwater waterfall which was cascading down from the rocks above. It did wonders for my hair! We eventually dragged ourselves away, and went down to the Hot Water Beach. When we arrived, we walked out onto this stunning long sandy beach, which was practically deserted. We thought, "Er, where are the hot water pools?" Then we saw a mass of people right at the end of the beach, and guessed that was where the action was! We got there and saw everybody in their pools. But when found a pool to go in, the water was scolding hot! I stood it it for 2 seconds before jumping out because it was burning my feet! I had to run into the cold sea water to cool down (I felt like that Ent in the Two Towers who's on fire and runs into the water to put itself out!). It was amazing that this hot, steaming water just comes out of the sand. We both mutually decided that it was a little hot for us, and it was getting late, so we had to get back to Auckland. And that was the end of our Coromandel road trip! Thank you to Kim for taking me along, I had an amazing time! I'll be back there soon on my Stray Bus, so I get to spend more time at Cathedral Cove. Lucky me!
Kim and I got up early on Saturday, and set off for the 'Far North' of Coromandel. Our plan was to drive along this coastal road, seeing all the best beaches on the way. However, it was more of a track than a road! It was gravel the entire way, with a sheer drop on one side, no barriers, and it had constant twists and turns! It was quite daunting, but Kim was a brilliant driver! It just goty quite tiring after a while! We stopped at a lot of beaches, but I'll just tell you about our favourites, otherwise this will be a very boring entry! Our first stop was Fantail Bay. A very small bay with a river running to the sea behind it. It was beautiful, and one of our favourites. It also had some amazing rocks as well, which we posed on for photos! But we had a lot of road to cover (and you had to drive so slowly that it took a long time to get anywhere) so we moved on. The next beach of mention was Port Jackson, my personal favourite. It was a long, sweeping beach, with stripey sand, and glistening water. The sun shined for us on this beach, and we had a long walk right to the end