Before Christmas week we have our w/e in Coromandel which we’ve been planning for ages. It’s about 2 hours drive from Auckland and is a popular place for Aucklanders’ to go for a short break. We’ve booked a bach for 2 nights in Hahei, a little seaside place about half way up on the Pacific coast. Bach apparently derives from batchelor pad; ours is called ‘mini-Beaujolais’ for goodness sake. It’s actually quite large and just a short walk to the most beautiful beach, but it’s early evening and a bit cool to swim so we settle in and go across the road to the pub/restaurant. On the way down we realise that I’d forgotten to pack 2 of the most important items: camera and rucksack. Oh well we’ll have to manage without. Next morning is bright and sunny so we pack our gear (into a plastic bag) and set off for Cathedral Cove, a famous landmark beach a little further north.
We have an encounter with a large family of Californian quail, mum & dad with 16 chicks. Unfortunately they’re going the same way as us and we have a devil of a job overtaking them. It’s a lovely stroll along the hilly coastline with great views over the Pacific dotted with islands, spotting groups of kayaks, and looking out for birds. Eventually we get to Cathedral Cove, named after the massive stone archway dividing one beach from another, you'll have to look it up on the net. We swim when we get back to Hahei in beautiful clear turquoise water. By late afternoon we’re at Hot Water Beach, with flocks of people digging holes in the sand to make their very own spa pools. There are hot gases released at a couple of points beneath the sand making it really hot. We don’t go as far as stripping off and lying down, but it was fun watching people who did.
That evening we eat very well at The Church Restaurant. Next day the weather’s foul so we pack up and made our way back to Auckland.
Off to Nelson
|Wonderful views across the beach to the Abel Tasman in the far distance|
|Lovely tangled tree roots exposed at the top of the beach where trees have fallen|