We recently went back to the Coromandel Peninsula.
It was the first place we went to outside of Auckland. We loved it so much we had to go back!
A few weekends ago Ryan and I, along with our friends Riley & Kim, went out to Coromandel Town as well as spontaneously went to Hahei. We woke up Saturday morning and had Riley and Kim meet us in Kingsland (where Ryan and I live). We grabbed some coffee from our local favorite pop up coffee spot, The Drummer Boy.
After obtaining some much needed caffeine we hit the road to Coromandel Town. The town is located about two and half hours outside of Auckland and has incredibly windy roads with luscious green rolling hills and the beautiful Firth of Thames in sight.
Once reaching the coromandel we decided to grab some some hot pies. Hot pies are quite delicious here. It's essentially just some sort of meat filling in a pie! Simple and satisfying! After eating a bite, we decided to get our hike going. We had decided to tackle the Kaipawa Trig Track
So we ended up getting lost on the Kaipawa Trig Track. Here's what happened...
We had dropped off our camper van, Noah, at the end location of the track and all four of us drove to the start of it. We were planning to hike for around 2-3 hours. As the vegetation on the track became thicker and thicker until we were no longer able to walk through it, we began to get suspicious. We ended up walking about an hour or so in the wrong direction but had a fun time. It turns out we did not follow the trail blazes...
Once we traced our steps back to the the turn we missed, we began to see the beautiful views of the coromandel we were hoping for! It turned out to be an absolutely lovely day as pictured below!
After completing our hike Ryan and I went to Whangapoua Holiday Park. Riley and Kim went to stay in a nearby Air B&B and we ended up meeting out for some dinner at @ Luke's Kitchen. The place was extremely popular and had some delicious pizza and beverages. It was absolutely perfect after a long day's hike!
Located in Hahei is the famous Hot Water Beach.
After finishing our delicious meal, we randomly decided to make our way 45 minutes south to Hahei and try and get there for the low tide!
Hot water beach is known because of the fact that an underground river of hot water flows from the interior of the earth to surface in the Pacific Ocean at this exact location. Essentially there is geothermal activity happening under the sand and people come from all over the world to dig holes in it and create their own personal hot tubs! The water can get up to 60 degrees C/ 147 degree F! We ended up going around 10 pm and practically had the whole place to ourselves! There were also no clouds in the sky so you could see all the magnificent stars out that night.
It was truly incredibly relaxing.