|This morning we set off north along the beautiful, rugged Coromandel Peninsula. We drove via Whangamata and Tairua to Hot Water Beach which looks like quite normal but has hot springs seeping through the sand at one area.
Luckily it was low tide so we could see everyone digging holes in the beach and relaxing in the hot water but you have to make sure you balance it with some cold seawater otherwise you could burn yourself quite badly. We know its called Hot Water Springs but we were a little unprepared for actually how hot it was with David burning his little tootsies in the process!
We didn't have time to dig a mini spa for ourselves so just hoped in and out of other peoples much to their surprise before running off back to our car to continue to Cathedral Cove, a lovely cove surrounded with caves. We then drove the short distance on down to Hahei Beach where we had lunch while looking at the gorgeous beachfront and Mahurangi island in the distance.
Carrying on north winding our way along the Coromandel range to Coromandel Town, a gold mining and timber town but is now home to lots of oyster and mussel farms. As our campsite was at Shelly Beach, we took the short drive back into town to have fish and chips as a treat for our last night of camping it up!