After our fantastic roadtrip, we made it to Hot Water Beach in time for the low tide as well a down pouring of rain. Thankfully the rain was short-lived so I changed all the kids into their togs, topped with raincoats, got myself changed, hired a shovel from Moko Art Space across the road and scampered across the sand to where the crowds were already digging their little pools. Having never been to Hot Water Beach before, and having three kids + a bag of towels and camera and extras slung across my shoulder, I must have looked pretty incompetent at digging our own little spot. Which suited me just fine because some very friendly and warm American tourists invited us to join them in their pool. Yes please! We sat and chatted and enjoyed the swirling of hot water from the spring at the back of our little pool and the occasional surge of freezing ocean water that lapped in from the tide and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the beach and all the surrounding views. I felt extremely lucky and a little crazy to be in the water, on the beach in the middle of July. But heck… why not!?
After a good while of splashing around in the pools and digging holes with the spade, we headed back toward the parking lot to get changed. The kids had a blast and I felt pretty cool about being in my togs in the middle of Winter. We got changed in the little changing room just off the beach and then headed to Hot Waves Cafe for lunch since we were all starving. I had a delicious Vegetarian Cannelloni and the kids had Savoury Muffins and shared a slice and a cookie after. That definitely filled our bellies for the next stage of our journey.
The kids were pretty keen to head to our accommodation so after lunch we drove five minutes to Hahei to check in. My older two had their minds fixed on a hotel and were pretty sure they wouldn’t like anything but. We pulled up to the Sea View Villa at Hahei Holiday Resort and my five year old exclaimed “Oh my, I don’t wanna say God, but I think I’m going to have to!” *wish I had the laughing emoticon in WordPress!*
The view from the house to the ocean was just as you see it above and it was 1000% stunning! We unlocked the door, hauled our bags out of the car and transferred the now sleeping babe from his car seat to his own wee bed inside and got ourselves settled. It was such a great place! Two storied with a phenomenal view of Hahei Beach. Upstairs was the master bedroom and downstairs was the second bedroom but with three single beds – perfect for my tribe! Most places (hotels included) only ever cater for a maximum of two kids, so this was heaven. And if you did have four kids, there was also a stretcher bed in the storage cupboard that would fit on the floor of this same room! Electric blanket discovery was all kinds of exciting for my poor deprived children and when we opened the door to the bathroom and discovered a spa bath that could comfortably fit our entire family, well, their life was made! They were literally squealing and running around just loving on everything from the TV to the cubby hole under the stairs, to the little fridge in the kitchen. Part of their overwhelming glee may have come from the fact that I suggested we could possibly be staying in a tent. Nothing like preparing them for the worst and blatantly exceeding expectations. They wasted no time in trying to figure out how to turn on the TV. I love the way Aston is looking at his big sister and hoping she can work it out!
I got everything set up straight away, laid out PJ’s and slippers for post dinner ease, put snuggly toys on each bed, set up our diffuser, hung jackets and arranged toys and books in the shelves so that it felt like a home away from home. I find little touches like this really help the kids settle easily – although their extreme excitement at the accommodation meant I needn’t have necessarily bothered.
We spent the afternoon exploring the beach – which was deserted and freaked Beau out a little once he woke from his nap. He’s so used to always seeing people either on the sand or in the water at a beach that he was visibly weirded out by not one person in sight. He kept asking to go back to our house.
The accommodation was absolutely perfect for our wee family and after coming in from outside, we cranked the heater, busted out some snacks, put on the UE Boom with a Coromandel playlist I’d put together and played Fish as we waited for the clock to edge closer to our 6pm dinner reservation. Right as I suggested getting ready to leave, there was a flurry of squealing and excitement over the stairway and accompanying banister. Apparently slippers made the ride all the more smooth!
We rugged up in our MacPac jackets, tugged on hats and headed out to The Pour House. I opted to sit outside in the covered area with the kids, despite the cold, as the thought of trying to wrangle three children with too much energy in a cosy and intimate establishment with mostly adults who were probably savouring their adult beverages and conversation put me on edge. So we made our way to a great outdoor area complete with fairy lights, a roaring fire and big tables and got comfortable. Daddy was on his way, but his arrival couldn’t come quick enough. We ate pizzas and Fish ‘n’ Chips and I tried to drink a much needed Cider. Just as my youngest was about to hurl himself over the fence towards the plastic cup he’d already sent flying, having just thrown his shoe behind the building and had me chasing him through the entire outdoor space several times over, my knight in shining armour arrived and provided some well intended distraction.
After a quick filling in of all that we’d done that day and talking Daddy’s ear off as he ate the left overs, we bundled the kids up into the car, headed back to the Villa and took a family spa. This was apparently the highlight of the day for Tahlia. Beau must have concurred because literally every 10 seconds he would say “I love this bath”. Making memories is what it’s all about right and I have a sneaking suspicion that the family spa we took two nights in a row at the Sea View Villas in Hahei will feature as one of the winners for a long time to come.
Everyone slept so well that night. We were pooped from a day full of fun and adventure and excited for what lay ahead for our Tuesday in the Coromandel.
Check back real soon for Day 2 of our Winter Adventure.
* This series of posts was made possible thanks to our friends at Coromandel Tourism.