Chris and Louise in New Zealand travel blog

March 13

Left Cambridge around 9:30 this morning and headed to the Coromandel. On the way, we repeated a small portion of the road we were on our first day with the Habitat group. Between Paeroa and Waihi there is a neat canyon we went through with falls. We stopped again in the area just up the highway from where we stopped with the group. Still didn't do the whole hike as we were on a mission to get to Hahei and do a hike into Cathedral Grove. It's about a 35 minute walk each way although we detoured to Stingray Cove on our way in so we were a little longer going in.

The coast line is gorgeous with huge limestone formations, out islands, and flower pot type formations just off shore. Chris went and played in the waves a bit and I took way to many pictures. I think I will spend the trip home organizing photos. It was well worth the hike in to see them. When we left the Cove, we had planned to continue around e,outer edge ofmthemCoromandel peninsula but changed our mind and started heading back to Tairua with the intention of crossing the peninsula and coming out at Thames. However, we ended up at a motel in Tairua (Tairua Shores) just up the street from a spot on the water where we had a picnic lunch (peanut butter sandwiches) earlier in the day.

We walked along the water front into the village for dinner and back. Filled up the gas tank for our second time for $134.00!! I keep telling Chris, it is really 25 percent less than that in Canadian dollars. (15 pn the dollar and 10 for the difference in GST but he doesn't buy it.

When we went into Stingray Cove, the tide was still out a bit and there hundreds of crabs in among the rocks. I got some cool pictures of them. One of these nights, I will post some pics from the last few days.


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