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  • Day77

    Another day, another dune

    February 14, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Imagine you take a 13.5-hour flight across the Pacific (forget that it was delayed until 4 AM) to arrive in Auckland, New Zealand, having skipped February 13th entirely due to the international date line. If you're Nick, you got a solid night of sleep on the plane. If you're Rachel, you slept for 3 hours, too excited the rest of the time about finally coming to this country. You have a long day of immigration, customs, buses, grocery shopping, and driving out of Auckland on the left side of the road in a manual-transmission campervan (that one is alllllll Nick). You drive for hours on winding roads, over hills and through farms. You finally get to your destination....only to find out you're not actually there yet. You have arrived at the Kawhia (pronounced like coffee-ah) harbor and marina, not a westward facing shore. The beach you want is down a different road. "Just follow your nose," says a local.

    Okay, we say. Let's give it a shot. An easier directive would've been to follow the signs to Ocean Beach, but our noses helped in their own special way, I suppose. Unexpectedly, the road ends. You find yourself at the edge of where a mixed pine and deciduous forest meets a black-sand dune, with a few other cars parked on the grass. You hike up over the dune (large by New England standards, small in Michigan) and see native grasses, large white flowers, and a sign about nesting endangered birds in the grass (Nick saw one of these birds in fact!). Over the crest of the dune, you find a vast black-sand beach with only two other people in sight. Eventually, others come and dig large holes in the sand and sit in them because natural hot springs can be found at low tide. You open a bottle of Argentinian wine, and enjoy the sunset over the Abel Tasman Sea.

    Happy Valentine's Day!
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  • Day86

    Kawhia heiße Quellen

    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Abends also noch einmal zum Hot Water Beach.
    Mir kam gerade ein Pärchen entgegen, die mir gezeigt haben, wo das heiße Wasser zu finden ist. Somit musste ich nicht lange suchen.
    Habe mir also mit meiner kunterbunten Kinderschaufel ein Loch im Sand gegraben und mich reingelegt. Es ist wirklich wundervoll. Wie Badewanne. Ist allerdings sehr schwer die Grube aufrecht zu halten, weil der Sand immer wieder mit dem Wasser reinfließt, weshalb man ein paar mal nachgraben muss. Und man hat danach halt überall Sand... Trotzdem eine wundervolle Erfahrung 😊Read more

  • Day17

    Hot Water beach

    December 13, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Te Puia Springs so great!!! And difficult to describe by pictures!
    At this beach you dig a muddy pool in the sand and enjoy the warm water underneath. Up to 45°C let you cook nicely. wow

    The Bay itself is a wonderful colour set of blue and green, simply beautiful.

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  • Day86

    Kawhia Ocean Beach am Morgen

    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Ich wollte eigentlich gleich Morgens zum Ocean Beach zu den heißen Quellen, allerdings waren die Gezeiten gerade ungünstig, da die Flut kam. Bin daher am Abend noch einmal her gekommen.

  • Day18


    September 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We left Raglan with no plans, except to just leave Raglan. We basically started driving down a crazy windy, gravel road until we ended up at Kawhia, a small fishing town. We had just been talking about how it might be sweet to go to the Cormandel and find a hot water beach. If you are unfamiliar, a hotwater beach is one where hot spring water percolates through the beach towards the ocean. You can utilize this phenomena by digging a make-shift hot tub in the sand during low tide, thus creating an ocean-side hot tub where drinking beer is encouraged. Well as it turns out Kawhia has one, and its kind of a secret.

    We learned from a lovely gas station attendant that there was a hot water beach just on the other side of the town, and all you need is a shovel. We ended up getting really lucky as the tide was out for sunset, and we only had to share it with 10-15 other people (apparently the famous one in the cormandel can get hundreds of patrons). Pretty cool to go and dig your own hot tub!

    Tourist trapometer: 2/10
    Awesometer: 10/10
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