NZ North Island Day 6

15 March 2018, Thursday.

A beautiful morning at Huntington House. We packed our luggage and then had our breakfast in the garden again.

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Loaded up our luggage …. and bid good bye to very friendly Jilly and Murray.

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A picture of wonderful Huntington House before we drove on to Hot Water Beach.

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It was long drive to Hot water beach, with the later driveway stretching through rough terrain. Approaching Hot water beach.

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After parked our car, we dropped by the Hot Water Beach Cafe to rent a spade.

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A little on Hot Water Beach. We had two hours fun time before the tides move in.

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well prepared…

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A long walk to Hot Water Beach…

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Approaching…

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Crowded ….

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People digging for hot water.

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A vain attempt by a very hardworking boy

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We tried to take short cut by exploring spot that where dug…. so sorry cold water !

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OMG….. I have to do all the digging.

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While I am digging for Hot water….

Hot water emerged after all the digging.

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The last spade load

Done….

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After all the hardship…

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Good Bye Hot Water Beach…

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Crossing a quiet stream to car park…

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We made a detour to Macadamia Orchard while on our way to Cathedral Cove.

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At the entrance counter

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Met the very friendly owner…

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We were told Macadamia was the second hardest nut to crack. A demonstration on cracking nut.

** the hardest being Human nut head.

The lady owner told us her Orchard have 1000 Macadamia trees and some walnut trees.

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Zoom in on Macadamia…

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Walnut trees.

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Exploring Macadamia Orchard on this vehicle.

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Arriving at Cathedral Cove…. it is at the edge of cliff and Cathedral Cove is right below.

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Look out from the edge of cliff.

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There is no parking space for normal car (only for tour bus) and we had to find alternative route to Cathedral Cove. Arriving at Hahei Beach.

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Good news ! we could use water taxi. It is a little expensive.

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Arrival of water Taxi. Passenger disembarked.

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Departing Hahei Beach…

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The boat trip last around 10 minutes…. approaching Cathedral Cove.

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Very clear water….(look very similar to Abel Tasman National Park)

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On the Cathedral Cove beach… the iconic Cave.

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The cliff wall on opposite side – are dotted by tiny cave.

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Entering the cave

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Picture at the cave entrance

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Notice the lumpy sand…

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Silhouette picture

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on one edge of the cave wall…

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the bay outside the cave

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This stony island stands out like pedestal.

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Cool and relax at the sand beach as we head for the cliff wall.

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Thick Vegetation hanging down from the cliff.

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Yes…. we could see few smaller cave at the foot of the cliff.

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trying to occupy one of the cave…

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A bare section of the cliff, suitable for rock climbing…

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Rock climbing experience…

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Happily scaling height

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Enough of fun …. it was time to catch the return water taxi. While waiting for water taxi… saw the starting of canoe program.

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Instructors dispatching canoe

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getting Canoe out unaided…

Our Picture at Cathedral Cove

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Arrival of water Taxi

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embarking…

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Back to Hahei Beach…

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A 3 hours drive to Auckland and it was dark when we checked in at iHoliday. Had dinner at Tok Tok…. good Asian delights.

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End of Day 6 : We had very enjoyable time at Hot Water Beach, a rare experience where we dig for hot water. Our first visit to Macadamia Farm and wonderful time at Cathedral Cove. We thought it was a great detour to Hahei, very worth it even though the route is a little too difficult.

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