The Coromandel Peninsular – New Zealand

Hot Water Beach

A popular summer holiday destination for Aucklanders is the Coromandel Peninsular, an hours drive to the east.  Renowned for its secluded beaches and untouched native forests, we headed to Hot Water Beach.  I enjoyed a couple of nights at this very quiet location.  After photographing the rocks at sunset and a tasty BBQ, I headed back to Hot Water Beach at low tide with the rest of my coach party & a few shovels and we dug pools in the sand.  These filled with hot water, which bubbles up from hot springs below the surface.  It was quite bizarre being able to sit in warm water, at night on the beach, looking up at all the amazing stars!  No photos of these though as it was pitch black and very sandy!  A magical spot and I would highly recommend a visit to Hot Water Beach.

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Cathedral Cove & Stingray Bay

10km along the coast from Hot Water Beach is the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, with some beautiful secluded beaches only accessible by foot or kayak. Stingray Bay has a large sandy beach and plenty of rocks to climb upon at low tide; while Cathedral Cove has a dramatic rock arch, a large stack and lots of sand & clear water!  A popular destination.

View from Mares Leg Cove

View from Mares Leg Cove

Looking through the rock arch into Cathedral Cove

Looking through the rock arch into Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove looking towards the rock arch

Cathedral Cove looking towards the rock arch

The limestone stack which I imagine towers like a cathedral, thus giving the cove it's name.

The limestone stack which I imagine towers like a cathedral, thus giving the cove it’s name.

Looking out towards Motueka (pigeon) Island

Looking out towards Motueka (pigeon) Island

Stingray Bay - I liked how this boulder shape fits perfectly with the cliff in the background.

Stingray Bay – I liked how this boulder shape fits perfectly with the cliff in the background.

Stingray Bay with a dramatic sky!

Stingray Bay with a dramatic sky!

and HDR image I made from 3 separately exposed images, from a cave in Stingray Bay

An HDR image I made from 3 separately exposed images, from a cave in Stingray Bay