Saturday, March 1, 2014

New Zealand Part 2: The Coromandel

A short three hour drive from Auckland and we were in the Coromandel, a picturesque region of sleepy beach towns, crystal clear water, surf, wine and seafood.  We decided to visit the Coromandel so we could play on the gorgeous beaches, chill out as a family and do a bit of hiking.  We spent 3 short days on this wonderful coast, eating fresh muscles, drinking local wine and beer and hiking the famous Cathedral Cove.  When it was time to leave, we all wished we had "just one more day" here.  Enjoy a few of our favorite pictures!

Adalyn's view during playtime...this kid is spoiled!
We stayed at the only "beach front" hotel in Whitianga and highly recommend it!
Large, clean beach with millions of shells!
Our evening tramp down the beach. 
Gorgeous Mercury Bay
On our only full day in the region, we chose to do the famous Cathedral Cove hike.  It was a nice 45 minute walk along the rolling coast.  Adi loved hiking with her daddy and was great in the backpack that we borrowed from the Foxes.  We packed in a picnic lunch and Eric and I enjoyed a quick but cold swim in the ocean.  Adi stuck her toes in but decided that she would rather play in the sand.  Our little one enjoyed herself so much that she passed out in the backpack on the way back to the car.  We finished off our day with a stop at a winery and an awesome home cooked meal of fresh salmon back at our hotel!
All set and ready for some hiking

Adi enjoying the ride and the view

So beautiful!
Brrr, the water was too cold for our tropical baby!
She loved playing and eating the sand!
We had so much fun here but after a few days it was time to move on.  Up next, Hobbiton and Rotorua!  Stay tuned...

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