Te Whanganui-A-Hei, or Cathedral Cove, is an absolutely astonishing place. It is a marine reserve located on the Coromandel Peninsula, the turquoise waters have carved through the rocks creating this beautiful archway that many people may recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as it is used as the doorway into Narnia. It most definitely feels otherworldly, even with the amount of tourist snapping pictures and wandering through the small tunnel.
After swimming and sunbathing we headed back to our accommodation for the night, a top 10 holiday park at Hot Water Beach, we quickly turned around and headed another but very unique beach. Hot Water Beach is named this because for two hours on either side of low tide, you can dig little hot spas for yourself due to the volcanic activity happening below the surface. This heated water can be up to 64 degrees celsius, or 147 degrees fahrenheit so you have to be fairly selective or you will burn yourself badly. You have to find a cool spring and a hot spring, mix them together and create a pool. This is a pretty hefty task so I ended up just hopping in someone else’s when they left which was a much better plan on my end. The tide came in fairly quickly and I headed back to my room.
The rooms were nice for a kind of hostel/camping situation. We had a tiny lodge, 2 set of bunk beds with only three girls including myself, these lodges were new as well! It was a welcome break from the hostel life which can get tiring very quickly. It was a pretty quiet night with an early start down to Waitomo and the glow worm caves in the morning.