Hot Water Beach

Yesterday started out very windy and cloudy.  The Coromandel Peninsula is supposedly a popular summer getaway for Auckland residents, but the weather doesn’t feel like summer yet.  We wish we could be here when it was warm and sunny out.  Our guidebook says this location has some really great snorkeling and we had hoped to dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach.  However, there’s nothing we can do about the weather, so we made the best of it and went for a short hike to nearby Cathedral Cove.  The trail goes up and down hills along the coast and includes some great viewpoints along the way.  Reaching Cathedral Cove, we were surprised at how many people were there on such a cloudy, grey day.  I can’t imagine the madhouse it must be on a nice day.

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

More photos from our hike to Cathedral Cove: 

After taking photos of the scenic cove we walked back to our car and had lunch at a nearby cafe.  It was starting to drizzle, so we opted for a drive around the Coromandel Peninsula.  There were low clouds obscuring the mountain tops, but it was still pretty scenic as we drove through the mountains and along the coast.  When we got back to camp we took care of chores like laundry, showers, and dinner then we watched some TV on our laptop in our cabin.

Foggy hills of the Coromandel Peninsula

Foggy hills of the Coromandel Peninsula

Sheep on the Coromandel Peninsula

Sheep on the Coromandel Peninsula

I’m in the middle of reading The Pacific which details WWII from the point of view of soldiers stationed around the Pacific.  This morning at breakfast it occurred to me how amazing it is that we’re sitting here in New Zealand alongside tourists from Germany, the U.K., Japan, China (and myriad other countries) when seventy years ago many of our countries were at war with one another.  I’m glad I’m getting to see the world as a tourist and not as a soldier or sailor during wartime.  As for the rest of today, it rained.  Occasionally the rain would let up long enough for us to dash from our tiny cabin to the bathroom or to the communal kitchen to make breakfast or lunch.  Most of the day though, we sat inside and read or watched a little TV and we also watched the gravel road and grass outside become one big puddle of water. The rain finally tapered off in the evening, but I’m glad we’re moving on tomorrow, hopefully the weather will be nicer in our next destination, Rotorua.  We’re looking forward to soaking in the hot springs prevalent in that area.

More rain at Hot Water Beach campground

More rain at Hot Water Beach campground

 

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