The Coromandel, New Zealand

A few weekends ago I spent the weekend on the Coromandel Peninsula, on the North Island of New Zealand. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best, I arrived in the middle of tropical cyclone Lusi, but I tried to make the most of the weekend. The weather on Saturday was that bad, that we had to stay in for the day. We ventured out a bit in the afternoon, but it was so wet, that you couldn’t really get out of the car.

Sunday was a little better. The rain had eased and we had a few patches of sunshine. We went for a walk to Cathedral Cove, which would have been absolutely stunning on a beautiful day. However, even though the weather wasn’t the best, it was worth the 1.5 hour round trip. The weather improved in the afternoon, and we managed to beat the tide and arrive at Hot Water Beach just in time to dig for the hot water. It was actually quite amazing – you have to search for the hot water, which is found in pockets along a 10 meter strip of the beach. You might dig and find hot water, but a foot away from you the person digging cannot. And the hot water is right beneath the service – you only have to dig a few centimetres to find it. So we joined the group of people frantically digging in search of hot water.

The afternoon was getting on, so we turned back and headed slowly back to Auckland.

I’m off to Japan in a few weeks, so stay tuned for some photos from Japan!

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Getting There:
There isn’t a proper public transport system along the Coromandel Peninsular, so it’s best to drive. From Auckland, get onto State Highway 1, and then to State Highway 2. From there just follow the signs to the Coromandel.

We stayed at the Top Ten Caravan Park at Hot Water Beach. Their cabins, especially their delux cabins are cosy and comfortable. And it is walking distance from Hot Water Beach and a couple of cafes.

Being a rural area, with only a few small towns, there isn’t the greatest choice in cafes and restaurants, but the cafes we managed to find had fantastic food. We had great meals at both cafes at Hot Water Beach – the blueberry and banana pancakes at Hot Waves Cafe were great. Also try the Seafood Chowder at Cafe Luna in Hahei – delicious!