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Rotorua to Coromandel Peninsula

rain 16 °C
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Morning as yesterday: Emilka on the playground and we rushing between one and another sandwich bite. Good thing about it is that, when we took off, Emilka was already tired so by investing in morning rush on the playground, we bought ourselves relaxed 1,5h of drive. :-)

It was raining all the time until we arrived at Hot Water Beach, where it stopped when we got ready to go to the beach. This is called good timing, right?

Hot Water Beach is another surprise made by nature. Without going into the technical details of how it is actually working, in the middle of a wide, sandy beach there is a hot (up to 70C!) stream flowing towards the ocean. People gather around this stream with spades and dig their own "private" hot mineral spas / pools and indulge themselves. After a few minutes they just leave. People come and go. Some of them, if they start to "cook", jump to the ocean to cool down. And you really have to be careful not to sit to close to the hot stream. Truly amazing experience, vey nice occasion to socialize because people lie in their pools 0,5-1m from each other.

After washing away the sand under street showers from literally every part of the body, we drove another 6km north to so called Cathedral Cove - a big rock standing out from the ocean a few meters in the water. After parking our car, changing to our hiking shoes and putting Emilia into the child-carry backpack, we took off for over an hour hike to the Cathedral Cove beach. The trail led us through a thick and green forrest, steeply up and downhill, until we arrived down at the beach. This place has charm enough to be a very nice wedding location. Apparently, this is being offered by some wedding planners here.

With very good moods and Emilka in good shape (she fell asleep during the hike for 30min), we came back and discovered, we can stay on this parking lot overnight and this is allowed.

A salat and tasty sausages under the sky full of bright big and small stars did good. Tomorrow further exploration of Coromadel Peninsula.


Posted by Minuano 02:13 Archived in New Zealand

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