Oceanside Motel Whitianga
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... we arrived there, twenty minute way. The cost was $14 each for as long as one wanted. We'd borrowed towels from Gina. In the sixties they'd built this huge swimming pool where there were 30-odd hot springs. This was at Miranda, a tiny community named after a gunboat sent to intervene locally during the Maori wars of the mid nineteenth century. The pool was 37c and the jacuzzi/sauna section 41c. There were 20 people using the pool including 6 Chinese women of a certain age. Hot ...
... Explorer speed boat trip of the day. The trip departed from the beach and took in some more of the sights of the local area. We visited Cathedral Cove, which is a rocky outcrop that the sea has eroded, resulting in a grand arched cavern. We also saw Shark Tooth Rocks which are triangular points sticking out of the sea. These were formed when the tectonic plates came together and pushed the sea bed up and out of the ...
... and then down steeply back to the campervan. Not a bad walk!
Our next two stops were super touristy – Hot Water Beach, and Cathedral cove.
Hot water beach is a natural beach located on top of a hot water spring – all you have to do is dig yourself a hole in the sand and it fills with roasting hot spring water from below! DIY hot tub! We spent some time messing about on the beach, ...
... a fishing trip in New Zealand and although its not something id usually enjoy we thought 'when in rome'. We spent a full day out at sea and managed to catch a few snapper which Ben gutted, filleted and cooked up for dinner which was amazing.
On next to Cathedral Cove, the famous gigantic stone arch. We parked up in the car park and did the 45min walk to the secluded cove. That evening we went to hot beach for ...
... to dry and made some dinner. Ed managed to take a fair chunk out of his thumb trying to open a tin of chick peas with a fairly useless tin opener, but fear not Kate kicked into nurse mode and it's looking like he'll make it all ok. The next morning we pointed the van towards Rotorua which was to be on our next stop. Ahead of that we stopped off at Mata Mata, home to Hobiton and the Shire from The Lord of the Rings movies. This tour was excellent and we both ...