New Zealand 2006 travel blog

Cathedral Cove from boat

Cathedral Cove from beach

Cathedral Cove area

Cave near Cathedral Cove

Catherdal Cove area again

Flowering shrub at Cathedral Cove

Hi there to everybody

We've now travelled 6hrs south of Bay of Islands ( about 300miles ) to south and east of Auckland to a fabulous peninsula called coromandel. Its an NZ National Park and the scenery is wonderful. Initially 000's acres of forest.....tall pines, kauri, tree ferns and tee tree shrubbery. All very pleasant smelling!

Our B&B is on the east coast and a lovely 'farmstay'. A working farmstead of dairy cattle and a very friendly bull called Ralph that made very suggestive grunting noises to Gail as we walked passed. She wasn't amused!

The coast line is riddled with caves and blowholes, white sandy beaches and tree lined with next to no commercialisation. Went out for a speed boat trip into the many bays visiting and going into the larger caves. The water was just so clear. NZ's most famous and photographed view is a huge rock archway formation called Cathedral Cove. Large enough to drive a motorway through if so inclined! Locals hold wedding ceremonies under the archway being taken there by boat.

Afraid our map isn't keeping up with us, seems to be a technicalhitch somewhere, so will try to sort asap.

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