I purposely didn’t check the weather before we went away to the Coromandel, because I didn’t want it to mentally impact on our holiday and because there wasn’t anything we could do about it anyway, whatever the forecast. I packed warm clothes, rain coats and hats as well as short sleeved tops, shorts and togs, so we were prepared for all weather. At dinner on Monday night we were told that the morning waiting to greet us was full of an Easterly wind and being that we were scheduled to head out on a small glass bottomed boat, made me a little anxious for an unpleasant morning excursion. We woke, ate cereal and drove to Ferry Landing to catch our Glass Bottom Boat. Oh, and Spiderman came with us.
And though it was bitterly cold and windy as we waited for the boat to cross over the short distance from Whitianga to Ferry Landing, by the time we got on board, there was not a gust of wind to tell of. Tony arrived at 9.3oam and warmly welcomed us on board. There was one other couple already seated who were visiting from Geraldine in the South Island. Tony gave us all a safety briefing and we motored out towards Cathedral Cove. The history Tony shared was fascinating and educational and even the kids (bar the smallest version) were riveted as he talked us through the rock formations, marine reserve details and all the music artists who have filmed video clips at Cathedral Cove.
If you’ve visited Cathedral Cove via the walking track, you will know that it is truly a stunning place. Nature at its finest. Save for the crowds, the beauty of this little spot of paradise is all around legit. I guess that’s why it is world renowned. But honestly, the vantage point from the sea back to shore, gave me another truly beautiful perspective of what is already well known as a breath-taking scene. From this angle, you can take in the grand scale of the cliff above, the brilliance of the rock faces that plummet to the sand below, the bush that leads people down to the beach, the formation of the rocks themselves and the tunnels, and the sparkling turquoise of the water that leads to it all like an enchanted carpet. It was spectacular!
The kids were able to feed the snapper with pellets and they were jumping from the water like sand hoppers. They were excitable and enthusiastic and eagerly swam under the boat in search of more food. We crossed over to Stingray Bay where we saw different kinds of fish, lots of Kina and some big sea anenomes on the rocks. The water was a little murky from the recent winds so visibility was compromised, but it was a beautiful morning out on the ocean. Tony took us further south to Champagne Bay and into a mesmerisingly beautiful cave. The colours inside were so pretty and the repetitive rise and fall of the ocean was kind of intoxicating.
From here we headed back to the mainland and disembarked ready to go in search of food. Our itinerary took us back Whitianga way to Fun Zone which Aston was unbelievably excited for, but unfortunately as we pulled up to the gate on the gravel road, we discovered it had been closed for the day due to bad weather. We continued on to the township and picked up some very average pies and slices and made alternative plans for the afternoon. We had driven past a little mini-golf place on the way into town so headed back for a round. So much fun, even if we did get a little wet in between putts.
A quick pit stop to the local Countdown for snacks and wine and back on the road to Hahei. We had a lazy afternoon, I snuck off to the upstairs bedroom with a magazine and the kids played downstairs with Daddy before returning to The Pour House for dinner. On this occasion we sat in the Barrel Room and ordered pizzas and chunky chips. I got a glass of the most delicious Hot Mulled Wine and savoured every yummy drop.
Of course after the success of the night before’s antics, we couldn’t not have another family spa, so as soon as we got home, we ran the bath and all jumped in for round two. Jammies on, snuggles done and everyone off to sleep after another exhausting but enjoyable day in the Coromandel.
Tomorrow we were headed off on the next leg of our adventure so we needed an early night.
* this post has been made possible thanks to Coromandel Tourism.