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.
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.