Hello! Long time no post am-I-right?? To be fair, decent WiFi here really is as hard to come by as they say, but we’re doing it now so chill.
Well judging by my last post I need to let you know what’s been going on since camping and wild horse fun at Huketere Lodge! Fun fact: We have officially been here for a WHOLE MONTH and we’re still alive, albeit a little smellier than when we first arrived (feel free to applaud if you’d like)! Moving on. A few of our camp sites have looked a little different in the last while. After Huketere, we stayed on a guy’s property that he lets people camp on for $10 (Which is very cheap and the place had a killer view!) because he believes nature should be more available for people to enjoy (but he’s gotta pay the bills, ya know). We stayed in a Kiwi owned campground (Where we got our last showers 6 days ago) and Seth got to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal of fresh mussels that we caught on a coastal hike earlier that day (I had soup because mussels are gross slime nuggets)! We also got to stay in someone’s driveway with access to their basement outlets and toilet which was interesting! Let me just say, that I have seen so many houses that look so amazing with their big windows, and their efforts to help the planet by using solar, recycling, composting, etc. NZ has got it going on in that area, for sure.
Here are some highlights from the last while that we’ve been traveling:
We went to Piha (on Seth’s day of birth!) to explore their well-known black sand beaches! It was definitely different to walk out to a beach and not be blinded by white sand! We walked the beach, explored some cool caves that were at the end of the beach, and on our way back got rained on a good amount (closest thing to a shower we got). We then went to the Piha Cafe and enjoyed some yummy food to celebrate Seth hitting the big 2-7, then Seth went on a hike to work off his meal, while I read! The next morning (being the morning people that we are) we decided to head out at 7:30 (early for us) and do an hour loop hike before we left Piha, and we absolutely were not disappointed by the many gorgeous cliffs idle views and the bluest water one’s heart could desire. We especially enjoyed playing around in the tidal pools that we found in the rocks and seeing what various kinds of life we could find in them.
After Piha, we drove from the east coast to the west coast in order to explore the popular Coromandel Penninsula. We camped near the peninsula at a beachside site where we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset (of which we’ve been fortunate to enjoy many) and headed out for the Coromandel the next day! See a panorama of the sunset below:
We camped on the east coast of the peninsula, then yesterday we drove up around the top of the peninsula to another site on the north east side. The following day we headed out early to Cathedral Cove, a gorgeous place used in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (but no Aslan or Caspian, which was slightly disappointing). Here’s the clip from the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUlVUvffXwk&t=2s. I was like a child watching this and seeing them stand where I stood, just ask Seth haha. It was about an hour hike to get in to the cove, and we managed to mostly get there before the hordes of tourists decended upon it. We then headed up to Hot Water Beach where you can dig a hole in the sand and create our own hot tub from the hot springs under the beach! Sadly, that is only possible at low tide (which was 6 hours away. . ) so we missed out on that one, but it sounded cool!
We continue to look unsuccessfully for penguins and whales, but we’re not giving up yet! The odds of seeing that sort of thing should be better in the South Island, but definitely still possible in the areas that we’re currently in. The big thing on the horizon is the TRIP TO HOBBITON (sorry, the shift key gets stuck when I’m excited) that we have booked for Sunday. In anticipation we’re both growing out our foot hair and are on the lookout for any shiny golden rings bearing mysterious texts. We’ll let you know how it goes!
Here are the pics for those who came for them: