Beautiful Coastline

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Jeremy digging a "hot pool" on Hot Water Beach - he didn't find any hot water though!

We saw some of the best coastline in NZ around this part of the Coromandel.

We were looking forward to getting to Hot Water Beach, about 1/2 hours drive away, to built a sand pool of naturally heated water.  We hired a spade and went down to the shoreline and Jeremy dug furiously a rather splendid looking pool, however, although it filled itself with water, it was no warmer than the usual sea water!!  Eventually, just like King Canute, it was sea came crashign through and we wondered how Hot Water Beach got it's name (perhaps it was dreamed-up by the Santiago Tourism Board!), until we saw people right down on the shoreline, we walked along and waggeled our feet into to the sand.  Within a few seconds, we had located the steaming hot water and had to remove our feet quickly to avoid scalding!  It would probably be too dangerous to make a pool out of such water so we called it a day.

Walking to Cathedral Cove
 

The following day we walked down to Cathedral Cove, again just down the coast.  The beautiful secluded cove with nearly white sand and turquoise water sits at the feet of the light coloured cliffs and next to a huge cave, which we walked through.   Even though it was in the middle of the day, it had very few people around, something that we have found in a lot of New Zealand so far - even the nicest beaches have plentyof room for everyone, not like some of our beaches back in the UK, which turn into a sardine tin as soon as the slightest bit of summer sun appears!

On our drive down to Rotaroua, we stopped-off at Matamata, which is apparently better know as "Hobbiton" from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Hot Water Beach
  Although there was not any of the original props or set left at the Hobbit Village, the tour really gave a feel for how much effort went to produce just a few minutes of filming (about 25 minutes through the whole 3 films).  No-one in the town of Matamata knew until the films were released that it was being used as Hobbiton - everyone involved had to sign very strict confidentiality agreements - only the loose lips of a boozing New Zeland soldier (who were used to help build access roads, drain swamps and amazingly, act as Orcs!) let some locals know that they were building a film set on the local farmer's land!

 

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Jeremy digging a hot pool on Hot…
Jeremy digging a "hot pool" on Ho…
Walking to Cathedral Cove
Walking to Cathedral Cove
Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach
Surfer on Hot Water Beach
Surfer on Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Colve
Cathedral Colve
A New Zealand Christmas Tree
A New Zealand "Christmas Tree"
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
The Cathedral at Cathedral Cove
The "Cathedral" at Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Cathedral Cove
Hobbiton
Hobbiton
Hobbiton film set
Hobbiton film set
THe Party Tree Hobbiton
"THe Party Tree" Hobbiton
THe lake at Hobbiton
THe lake at Hobbiton
Some Hobbit burrows (or whatever t…
Some Hobbit burrows (or whatever …
A hobbit!
A hobbit!
JEremy and Erica at Hobbiton
JEremy and Erica at Hobbiton
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