Matt and Cynthia's Odyssey travel blog

Matt and Cynthia at hot water beach

Cynthia enjoying the hot pool

everyone trying to dig the best hole

Matt is victorious, having built his dam against high tide

still enjoying hot pool

us with new friends from Germany

Cynthia sitting in the Gypsymobile

Making dinner in the Gypsymobile- mmmm, yummy!

This morning we made our way back to the rental company and after lengthy and exhausting discussions, we decided to take their offer of a refund for all of the time beyond 30 days plus an upgrade to their best vehicle (and I use the term "best" very loosely). It was a newer vehicle though and more spacious so, once again, we headed out of Auckland. This time, we made it. We drove straight to Hot Water Beach, hired a spade and dug a hole to lay in. It was fabulous. Really, really hot water in some hot you could not even touch. But some pools were the perfect temperature. It was sooooo relaxing. The hot water pools cannot be accessed until low tide. The tide went out at 5pm so we did not leave the beach until about 6.30pm. We spent the night at a holiday park complete with hot showers, kitchen and full laundry.

Tomorrow....Cathedral Cove.

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