Blogs from Hahei, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei November 16th 2018

15th November 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, ... read more
One of the locals

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei November 15th 2018

14th November Got up and decided on a second night at the site; 2 reasons, my washing had got wet in the overnight rain and I was planning to walk to Cathedral Cove. I had company for breakfast, slowly waking up with a cuppa and breakfast of bread and jam, and this sparrow keeps landing on the table and flying off again. Eventually he goes in for the kill and starts tearing chunks of bread of the bread on my plate. Cheeky got comes back a dozen times or more in the end. It is still a bit drizzly, so decide to wait til the rain eases before I head off for my walk. I fill my time by moving my washing to the drying room on camp in the hope that it will dry out ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei November 14th 2018

13th November In two minds whether to stay at the Long Bay campsite another day, decided to head to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula towards a place called Cathedral Cove. Set my sat nav and off I go, I think the signal is very poor as For the first 15 mins we end up doing loads of U turns as she was telling me turn after we had already passed the junction. She eventually gets her bearings and off we go on the rollercoaster ride that is New Zealand roads. We are in for a couple of hours of concentration up steep roads and around tight bends with nothing to break my fall if I misjudged a corner apart from a wooden fence about 18 inches high. I get stuck behind a lorry who ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei December 21st 2016

Nous continuons notre route sur la péninsule de Coromandel direction the place to be as a toutist: Cathedral Cove! Par chance ils annoncent un temps superbe pour 2 jours. Sur la route, se situe Hot water beach qui se trouve être une plage sur laquelle tu creuses un peu dans le sable à un endroit très précis pour tester une eau à 38 degrés en payant une fortune au parking. De quoi s'ennuyer rapidement donc nous passons notre chemin. Arrivé à Hahei Beach, 3 possibilités: soit se garer dans la ville et se taper 1km de montée à pied soit faire une partie de la montée et se garer à un parking payant ultra-cher mais on tente l'impossible pour trouver une place dans le mini parking gratuit de Cathedral Cove. Non seulement on a eu la ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei February 16th 2012

The first day I left on my 'Kiwi Experience' I woke up at 7am in order to be ready to catch the bus at 8:20. As if I needed a reminder that traveling in a group can be tedious by the time we had collected everyone and they had gotten their tickets sorted out we didn't leave Auckland till 10:00am. But in the spirit of fairness the first place we stopped in the Coromandel peninsula is called Cathedral Cove and it is the place they filled Narnia. I had no idea it existed until I got there, so I definitely would have missed out if I had been traveling on my own. The hike down to Cathedral Cove took about an hour and then an hour back. Basically it is straight down and back up a ... read more
Cathedral Cove
Green Pastures
Twisty rivers

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei February 4th 2012

Today we are in the Coromandel. A beautiful part of New Zealand, where Aucklanders go on holiday. From Hahei bay we walked along the beach to Cathedral Cove, so named because it's the shape of a bishops hat. Cathedral cove is a cave formed because of a fault in a rock which causes the unusual shape. Our first day with our new travel group. They all seem up for a good time. Most of them appear to have travelled everywhere! We hope to see some shooting stars as the sky is clear later tonight.... read more
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Auckland Museum

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei October 27th 2011

Real Kiwi’s are not easy to see, ask any New Zealander and chances are they haven’t. So we gave up wandering through dark forests and went to the Kiwi breeding sanctuary in Rotorua. It was a smart choice as they had eggs, day old chicks, adults and all sizes in-between. Liz went a bit goey-eyed at them and implored me to smuggle a little one out, but I said “they probably just taste like chicken, why bother”? As you drive round Rotorua steam spirals up from vents all over the town, pools of boiling mud are all around and minor earthquakes a common event. The locals are oblivious and are very happy to take your silver coins and show you round their homesteads, some of which they accept fall into the smoking earth when hopefully they ... read more
Cathederal cove beach 2
Sunset Coromandel Campsite 1
Hot springs beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei August 2nd 2011

Heute hieß es für Bernd mal wieder „The earliest bird is catching de schendschde Sunnauffgang“. Alleine machte er sich auf den Weg, die ersten Sonnenstrahlen zu erhaschen. Nach dem gemeinsamen Frühstück wanderten wir dann zur Cathedral Cove. Diese Höhle wurde im Laufe der letzten Jahrtausende vom Wasser des Pazifiks ausgehöhlt. Dort machten wir ein paar schöne Aufnahmen und verewigten unseren Blogtitel in der Cove. Als nächstes fuhren wir zum nahegelegenen Hot Water Beach. Hier findet ein seltenes Naturschauspiel statt. Von einer Magmakammer in 2 km Tiefe erhitzt, sprudelt Wasser mit ca. 65° aus dem Sandstrand. Mit Campingstühlen bewaffnet machten wir uns vom Parkplatz aus, auf die 10 minütige Wanderung, zum Beach. Als wir anfingen zu buddeln, merkten wir gleich, dass das Wasser sehr heiß ist und Michi holte sich erst mal ein paar Brandblasen. Daraufhin holten ... read more
Waihi beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei July 16th 2011

Hoewel het hier nu volop winter is, valt het weer super mee Los van de erg koude avonden en nachten (mede vooral door de erg weinig geïsoleerde huizen, ze zijn niet meer dan een houten frame met wanden en ramen van enkel glas) is er van winter weinig sprake! Noem het eerder herfstig. Ik zat vorig weekend zelfs een uur of 2 in mn T-shirt in mn strandstoel buiten in de zon lekker te lezen :D Dit weekend was zelfs nog beter: Chris moet om de 2 weken veldwerk doen op zn researchstrand, 2 dagen lang opmeten van de hoogtes van de duinen tot zo ver mogelijk in het water. Hij kan dat alleen doen wanneer het laag water is, dus die dagen verschuiven wat. Aangezien het deze keer op zat en zondag viel, ging ik ... read more
Coromandel - Fieldwork
Coromandel - Fieldwork
Coromandel - Fieldwork

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hahei June 6th 2011

Waar ter wereld trekken mensen met een spade naar zee? Om er een put te graven? (OK, behalve duitsers aan het noordzee strand) jeep hier in Nieuw Zeeland! Der is een plek, Hot Water Beach genaamd, waar je je eigen warme thermale bron kan graven met uitzicht over de zee en fraaie baaien :D Leuk hoor! De aardkorst is er op die plek zo dun, dat heet water zich een weg naar boven wringt en zo het zand en het binnenkomende zeewater verwarmd! Zaaaaalig! Alleen jammer dat je de plek waarschijnlijk nooit alleen voor jezelf hebt maw je deelt de 20m² met andere puttengravende wellness seakers Grrrrr En nee, ik heb me niet laten dienen en Chris helemaal alleen onze warmwaterbron laten graven. Ik ben gewoon de enige die foto's trekt ;-)... read more
Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach

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