Cathedral Cove and Reaching Northland

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

We got up right away in the morning and made our way straight to the Cathedral Cove path. The walk to the beach is about an hour and not too bad until you come to the end. At the moment they are building stairs down to the beach and so access at the moment is by way of a steep slippery/muddy cliff edge with a rope strung through the trees alongside the path for people to hang on for dear life to! When we got to that point there was a kid hanging onto the rope crying and not wanting to go any further so we made our own way down beside the path down some rocks by hanging onto trees growing out of them and scaling down...very exciting! Haha.
When we got on the beach the next thing we noticed straight away was that the Cathedral Arch was roped off with a big warning sign by it telling people to not pass through (and onto what is actually Cathedral Cove around the corner) because falling rocks are commen and so I guess it willone day just collapse. After much (uneducated) inspection and contemplating the likelyhood of anything falling at that moment, and also watching others pass through, we made our way through the arch and to our final destination of Cathedral Cove. Once we got onto that beach though we both said the other beach was just as beautiful and laughed to ourselves.
We spent the rest of the morning and some of the early afternoon once again in the sun and enjoying a small dip in the water. We definately enjoy our lazy days in the sun!
When we eventually started to overheat and get a bit sweaty we decided to make the hike back up to the car park, which was much more difficult going up and in the mid-day heat!
We had thought about checking out some more beaches in the Coromandel area but instead decided to move on and make our way through Auckland and onto the Northland.
We stopped quick in Auckland to stock up on groceries and then continued on to a campsite by a small town called Waipu to spend the night as it was getting dark.
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