New Zealand Trip - Cathedral Cove
When we started on the road from Coromandel, I had great plans to explore a waterfall in the area. There was enough water falling from the sky that we didn't need to bother with the waterfall and instead set off to the East side of the peninsula. If it had to rain, it was a good day to do so because we had quite a bit of ground to cover in the comfort of our car.
We took a break for morning tea and then set out again. There was one place I really wanted to see on our way to Rotorua, Cathedral Cove, and as we got closer it looked like the sun was starting to break through the clouds just a bit. We decided to take the gamble and drove out to see it. When we got there it had just stopped raining so we rugged up and started off down the trail.
|The sun peaking through the clouds across the bay|
|Walking through the ferns|
|Inside Cathedral Cove|
|View from the cave|
|I thought this rock looked like a nose - so I'm going to call it Nose Rock|
|My dad and I|
|Making noses at Nose Rock|
|My husband and I modelling our sneans (sneakers and jeans)|
|One more shot through the cave|
|The view to the right|
|Bonus waterfall at Cathedral Cove|
Unfortunately we couldn't stay here all day, but it was so worth the trek down and I was elated that we got to see it. One of my new favourite places for sure.
|One happy tourist|
It is also a big area for learning about the Maori culture. That night we went to Tamaki Maori Village, where we got to try doing a Haka, their traditional war dance, and enjoyed our Hangi meal cooked in a large underground pit.
|Entering Tamaki Maori Village|
|Maori doing a Haka|
|My dad and husband learning the Haka|
|Our Hangi meal|