Exploring the Central North Island – Coromandel Peninsula

Written by Nadine Zangerle on . Posted in New Zealand

So we drove around the coast of the Central North Island along beautiful beaches. The rugged Coromandel Peninsula with its Bay of Plenty beaches is a very popular spot especially for fishing, surfing, swimming and bush walks.

And there it was – my birthday. So we wanted to spoil ourselves and went to a campground with power and hot shower. The next morning I got a self cutted chocolate, shaped as a heart with a burning match as a birthday cake. We got very creative while camping as you can see. I enjoyed the hot shower and the shampoo was just washed out when the shower turned cold. So let’s start the day.

At Whitianga I carved my own Maori pendant. With a bit of instruction and patient it actually looks quite good. So I chose a fish hook since it was one of the easier forms to carve. There are different materials to choose, such as bone (cowbone), shells, horn, greenstone (jade) or kauri gum. Luckily for whale bones you need a special permit from the government and are only granted to traditional tribes of the Maori. My pendant is made of bone.

Since the sun was following us we went to Cathedral Cove, a massive cathedral-shaped covern in Hahei. The panoramic view was worth the walk and the beaches here are stunning. Unfortunately for swimming it is a bit to cold so only observing and taking pictures. And you know we love to take pictures.