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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.
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.