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Published: March 6th 2017
Ah, sand between the toes, the best feeling. A short detour leads to Hot Water Beach. With shovels, people dig down into the sand to create a pit where the water navigates. Once the water permeates to the geothermal, it super heats the liquid to 170 C. A young couple from Argentina invites us to put our feet into their 'pit'. This feels much like Canada's hot springs in Radium.
The curves on the coastal road are extreme, and I think I've left finger grooves on the sides of my seat. But, the views continue to have me saying 'Oh, my.' Each vista surprisingly becomes more beautiful than the last.
Whangamata has fun boutiques where Chris buys a Walter White pork pie hat. Continuing on to Katikati, which of course is named after me, and into Tauranga that has the busiest port in NZ, much like the Riviera.
Booking into the Waterfront, the receptionist suggests hiking Mount Maunganui which is 232m straight up. 'What was I thinking?' Chris made it to the top, and I stopped 10 minutes from victory. Do not fall of the pathway, or you are gone for good. The shale rocks makes for some slippage, and makes
it difficult to descend.
Tot: 2.411s; Tpl: 0.053s; cc: 11; qc: 51; dbt: 0.0385s; 2; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 2;
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