Kyle, Isha and I had a long-planned list of things we wanted to see and do during our Coromandel travels and only a weekend to fit everything in.
The Lost Spring
The Lost Spring in Whitianga was featured on TVNZ’s North presented by Marcus Lush. Entry is $30 for an hour or $60 all day (which seemed very steep). We found they rounded the time up so our wrist bands gave an end time if almost 1.5 hours after our arrival and no one ever asked to check them.
The hot pools are man-made an set in an impressive garden. You can set up a tab and have staff bring you cocktails as you lie in the water of different depths and temperatures, imagining you are in Fiji or Bali.
Where to stay on the Coromandel Peninsula
We stayed the night at Beachside Resort in Whitianga (a decent sized unit for $175 including booking fees and extra person, only gripe the fact the entire bathroom became a shower so water goes EVERYWHERE) and got an amazing ‘Verde’ pizza from Al Camina for dinner – olives, capers, feta, sundried tomatoes, spinach and mozarella cheese.
Breakfast was at Jandals Cafe on the main street – nice apricot and cranberry muesli with honey and yogurt, a decent sized ‘Jandals Breakfast’ traditional cooked breakfast and coffee rating about 5 out of 10. We then loaded up with snacks from the Four Square and headed for Cathedral Cove.
Cathedral Cove Coromandel
We somehow scored a park in the limited parking in the carpark for Cathedral Cove and admired the view from the top before starting the 45 minute (by DOC signage, more like 30 minute) walk down into the cove.
This is definitely a ‘Must see in NZ’ and well worth the undulating walk during your Coromandel travels for the gorgeous white sand beach which features in a number of movies and must be the most photographed in the country.
We were very lucky with the sunny weather having our first ocean swim of the summer (although technically it is now Autumn) and jumping off rock just off shore.
Hot Water Beach
Finally we visited Hot Water Beach. Key Learning: you need to go at low tide for hot water so despite best efforts all we hit was cold. Had we done sufficient research we would have gone their first thing. Their signage certainly does nothing to inform patrons of the lack of hot water at high tide and we were certainly not the only ones digging with no result on the beach.