The Coromandel Penisula

Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Friday, April 9, 2010

We got up early on the 9th as we stayed at the bottom of the Coromandel Penisula and we wanted to go Hot Water Beach which is further north for low tide, because we were told that at low tide you can dig a hole and hot water comes to the surface, so you make your own spa pool. We got there in time but there was no spades left to hire, so we walked down to the beach anyway hoping to borrow someones, there was loads of people, but we asked and no one had found any hot water, so people were sat in cold pools. It was such a let down I was really looking forward to it-we are changing the name to just Water Beach! On the positive we saved $5 from not hiring a spade! After that we made our way to Cathedral Cove, it was really pretty! I thought it was alot like the Great Ocean Road in the fact of the rock erosion had created this cave. We stayed there for a while because it was a lovely day, the warmest we have had in New Zealand so we chilled on the beach for a while. We stayed in the town of Coromandel, the campsite was nice.

On the 10th we strolled around the few shops that were open in Coromandel and then drove south along the Coromandel Coast to Thames. There was a little street market there so we wandered around and we brought a couple of cheap books. We then drove past Auckland to head towards Gus' house (a friend of Alex's Uncle). We stopped on the north shore of Auckland at Devonport and let me tell you it was a bit different from the Devonport in Plymouth. The houses were massive and it looked quite posh, we walked along Cheltenham Beach there. We then went to a shopping mall in Albany north of Auckland to have a look around and we brought a pie and piece of cheesecake, what a treat! We went to a town called Warkworth to meet Gus in a pub called the Bridgehouse. It was a nice felt like a English Pub and we had chinese for tea-and believe after nearly 6 months of no takeaway chinese it tasted very good indeed!!!
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