We arrived at Waiwera 5.30pm just as the sun was setting and had a really friendly welcome from the campsite hosts. After settling in we walked next door to the thermal pools and had a swim and soak in the hot thermal pools to unwind. Just what we needed. The place was a cross between the thermal pools in Austria we have just been to and a Butlins holiday camp! Rather bizzare being outside in winter but the lovely warm water is very relaxing and we felt rejevenated afterwards.
Next morning our spirits rose even further with the sunrise over the bay. We decided to try to play catchup with our planned itinerary so headed for Pakiri Beach.