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Published: November 16th 2018
When she wake I am in two minds as to whether to attempt Cathedral Cove again. The couple I spoke to yesterday had said that a water taxi ran to Cathedral Cove, I could give that a go or I could get a shuttle bus to the top car park and walk from there.
I ponder on it while I get breakfast and sort myself and the van out for the day. Either way I need to leave the campsite by 10am.
I drive to the car park at the bottom of the hill where you can get the shuttle bus and I see the sign for the water taxi, $15 each way, runs every 30 minutes. Sod it I thought, water taxi it is, I see a few people eating on the beach, get my stuff sorted and took a towel down to the beach. May as well relax while I wait; put my towel down, lie down with my hat over my face to prevent further sun burn. I figured I would hear when the boat got in, settled down for a snooze of sorts.
I hear the others getting animated and I
can hear a boat in the distance, lifted my hat, it was heading across to the other side of the bay, figured it was part if the trip, no it carried on passed the headland. I was not sure how long we had waited, lay down and put my hat back over my face and listed to the waves lapping on the beach.
I realised that the group of people had moved on, checked the time and I had been on the beach for about 45 minutes. Hmm! Went back to the signs, it gave a phone number, no answer, checked the website, which referred you to Facebook , it seems that it was not running today. Best think of a plan B then.
Plan B did not include getting on the shuttle bus and walking from the top car park. I need to grab a meal before I considered a long walk.
Not really sure what to with my day I head south towards Fair I, I get there about lunch time and makers of a cheese and salad sandwich which I eat at the beachside, I then head off for a walk along the shoreline find a sear in the shade on the way an write my last blog. I head back to the van and wander around town and buy another essential item, a limited edition print.
I carried in heading south, not really sure where I was headed, it started to get late so a campsite hunting I went. Booked in at Whangamata Motor Camp, only one catch, I have to be out by 8 in the morning as they are having their roads tarmacced. Heck, that seems early. No prob. Parked up and head for a quick reccy, no beach boundary here, I have to walk 200 metres to the beach. I get some food together and head off for a walk.
I started to get a bit chilling so headed back to the van and climb in to head for the night.
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