Coromandel

Coromandel

Coromandel

Coromandel, one of New Zealander’s favourite destination is within an hour and half east from Auckland and yet the region is a world away from the hustle & bustle of city life. With a thousand natural hideaways to enjoy, gorgeous beaches, dramatic rainforests, … Coromandel feels very much off the beaten track and contains diverse  beaches, from quiet coves thick with shells and framed by sculpted cliffs to sweep of white sand & steep dunes.

Hot Water beach

Hot Water beach

We explored the east coast and stopped at Hot Water beach.  It’s a truly unique experience where two hours either side of the low tide you can bathe in a hot pool that you’ve dug yourself.  Dig around to find a hot water spot but beware that temperatures can be scalding hot!

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

After that we headed to the famous beach, Cathedral Cove. It’s named for its gigantic arched cavern that passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves, The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur while the sandy beach is framed by Pohutukawa trees providing shade for a picnic.  A little way off the beach is a large pinnacle of pumice breccia rock known as ‘Te Hoho’.  Over centuries this has been scultped by wind and water. It now looks like the prow of a large ship steaming into the beach.  Cathedral Cove was also on of the featured locations in the blockbuster ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

My host Rosalie in Coromandel

My host Rosalie in Coromandel

By sunset, we reached the small town of Thames, where we were hosted by a lovely 67yrs old lady, Rosalie.  She lived with her 2 sons, her dog Skye, her 2 cats Tom & Jerry and her 3 hens in a green, wooden house surrounded by a vegetables garden, fruit trees of all kind, flowers, …  In the garden, you could spot a red wooden gipsy wagon surrounded by trees & flowers, that would become my place for the night.  Rosalie worked for a Zero Waste Education being responsable for Recycling education in 30 schools in the area.  The small town of Thames was the perfect gateway to all of Coromandel’s unique towns and had everything you need without the crowds, cost or hassle of bigger cities.  Thames is a former gold mining town that proudly maintained its heritage buildings and has an operational gold stamper battery that exist now only to preserve a fascinating insight into the past.

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2 Responses to “Coromandel”
  1. Wilfried says:

    This seems more like ‘Temptation Island’ ….. 🙂 Enjoy !!

  2. toemailer says:

    We would love to post the picture of the woman on the sand and possibly a few others as well as an excerpt of your text at toemail if you do not mind? http://toemail.wordpress.com

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