We headed to Coromandel Peninsula next, which is full of amazing beaches. We spent the first night in Coromandel in a scenic campsite.
From here we walked along Long bay and skimmed some stones and headed into the woods behind to get a look at the native Kauri tree, which is now endangered.
We then crossed the Peninsula stopping at Whangapoua for a stroll over the headland to New Chums beach (only accessible on foot) before having a picnic beside the sea.
The evening was spent in Hahei. We first walked along the Cathedral Cove walkway to Cathedral Cove. A beautiful but busy beach with white cliffs and a cove nonetheless. En route back we stopped at Gemstone bay, a much quieter and stony beach where we went snorkeling, with the snorkel we'd bought in Mancora, Peru, nearly 6 months ago!
That evening we took a shovel and headed to Hot Water beach and low tide as the sun was setting. Here there were lots of people digging holes on the beach to create their very own thermal bath. This is because of more geothermal activity (a theme in New Zealand) which heats the water underneath to as much as 65 degrees. After a few attempts to find the right spot we finally got the right mix of hot and cold and water and were able to sit back and relax in our very own thermal sand bath. Back at camp we then went to sleep to the sound of the waves on Hahei beach.