Have breakfast on one of the sun filled decks. Take a short drive to Cathedral Cove or Hot Water Beach, walk to Shakespeare's Cliff, Lonely Bay or Cooks, kayak up the Purangi Estuary, go fishing, play golf, visit the wineries, or just relax and watch the native bird life in the trees. The possibilities are endless. We have BBQ's and beach gear, bikes and kayaks, fruit and veggies, parrots and dogs, lots of smiles, laughs and stories and we are happy to share it all with you.
Birds chattering and the sound of the waves breaking on the sand. "Wow, look at that fence!" you'll say as you pull into the driveway where an oasis awaits you. Large front lawn and rock garden with fruit trees, natives, exotics, can you find the hidden motorbike? Up the stairs, hidden from the front view is another big deck, garden planters, huge macrocarpa table with chairs and benches, bbq and view of our large back garden and reserve. Your cottage is on the left- our house is on the right. Fan tails fluttering around you with their “messages", Tui's playing tag, green Wax Eyes, blue King Fishers, new baby Thrushs, our resident Pukeko family, Monarch butterflys and many more are our only neighbours. You'll spy our parrots Chiquito, George, and Tortilla in their window trapezes or outside on the washing line or deck. The world famous Buster will bark at you for sure, he is a mini Jack Russell, he barks to make sure you see him! Following him will be Charlie, the BIG Great Dane.
Terry is most likely in the garden, where we grow a variety of veggies, flowers, herbs and fruit. He even makes up your flower arrangements and they are beautiful. We are happy to share what we grow with you, we do not use or purchase genetically modified plants or seeds, and all the flowers are edible.
Have breakfast on your private, sun filled deck or the big back deck. Your cottage has tea, plunger and instant coffee, raw sugar, muesli, milk, local eggs, butter, bread, seasonal fruit, ground salt and pepper, dried spices and olive oil. Jug, toaster, 2 burner hotplate, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery.
The toilet and shower have big fluffy towels, lotion, shampoo and body wash, a hair dryer, cotton buds and facial wipes, some razors, shower caps, first aid kit, and more.
Your queen bed is super comfy and even has an electric blanket, big pillows and your tv has freeview. Books have been collected and friends have left some behind and taken others, help yourself and leave one if you like. There are international adapters, candles and torches.
Beach towels are just outside in the blue drawers. There are snorkels and masks, beach umbrellas and mats, hats, flip flops or jandels as they are called here, boogie boards, picnic cooler, ect. We have big shovels for Hot Water Beach and there is a tide chart in the booklet inside for planning your spa on the beach. We have lots of suggestions and fun things to see and do you can read about.
You will be treated like family, if you are unable to find something you need, just ask, chances are we will have it.
We have WIFI to chat with family and friends, catch up on emails or just browse the net planning your adventures.
We have 2 kayaks with life jackets ($10 each for the transport/upkeep/etc) that we can take you to the beach or the Purangi Estuary and then come back and get you, of course this is weather permitting.
A short stroll up the street is Cooks Beach, where the sea is always calm, bright blue and ideal for swimming and relaxing. The sun rises over the headland where the Purangi Estuary meets the sea. A magical place to start your day, peaceful and quiet. Cooks has some of NZ's oldest history - Capt James Cook sailed on the HMS Endeavour into Mercury Bay in 1769, anchoring just off The Purangi, the same area Kupe the mythical Polynesian explorer had chosen when he first landed in New Zealand calling it Aotearoa. Kayak up the Purangi Estuary, its beautiful or at the other end of the beach is a little cave to paddle into then just around the corner is Lonely Bay, a locals favourite.
Lonely Bay is the place to collect shell fairy rings, string them up to hang outside your home to remember The Coromandel. In November, December and into January, Lonely Bay is lined with blooming red Pohutukawa trees, NZ's native Christmas tree, it's a sight to behold! Above Lonely Bay is Shakesphere's Cliff and lookout, a great place to view Mercury Bay.
Flaxmill Bay is the next beach, warmest water in the area for swimming. Across the street from Flaxmill is Eggsentric, have a cup of coffee and cake and grab some organic groceries, or a fun night out for dinner, sadly they are closed in the winter.
The next beach is Front Beach, beautiful homes are along the shoreline and when the tide is out, Mussel Rock is where we go and pick our kai fresh from the sea.
Lastly is Ferry Landing, the oldest stone wharf in Australasia, built in 1837. Ferry Landing is where you take a passenger only ride over to Whitianga, you will find banks, restaurants, shops, cinema…The ferry runs continuous in the Summer until late at night and is $6 return. We can easily look up the times if it is not summer, when they restrict their hours.
A 10 minute drive the other way takes you to Cathedral Cove in Hahei or Hot Water Beach, both must to do's. There is a park and ride for Cathedral Cove that runs in the summer only, it is located just as you are driving into Hahei. Park there and take the bus up to the beginning of the track. The car park up at the cove gets very full and you could wait for hours. From the car park the walk into the cove is around 45 minutes- lots of stairs at the end, so the walk out is about an hour- depending on how fit you are! The other option is to take the track that goes from the beach. Take the road going into Hahei to the end, as you are facing the sea, the beach track is to your left, just before the big Pohutukawa tree, you will see the stairs. This way will put on an extra 1/2 hour or so. Make sure you have sunscreen on, a hat and lots of water if it's super hot. There is nothing to purchase down there, you need to take it with you. Off the Cove track are two other bays, perfect for snorkeling- String Ray Bay and Gemstone Bay- check them out for sure.
There is a water taxi that operates from the beach, if they are running there will be a huge flag on the beach that you can see when you drive down there. There is also the kayak tours, they land at the cove for you to have a look around. Hahei Explorer operates from the Pa end of the beach. Cathedral Cove Dive shop runs diving classes. There are also lots of other boat tours that operate from Ferry Landing- Whitianga side mostly.
On the opposite end of Hahei beach is Te Pare Historic Reserve, made up of two Ngati Hei pa sites. A 15 minute walk up to the site, through an ancient pohutukawa grove, leads to the headland with views stretching for miles up and down the coast.
Hot Water Beach is just past Hahei. Dig your own spa pool during low tide. The hot springs are only accessible at low tide and only one area on the beach where the hot water is, that is by the rocks. From the road into Hot Water Beach, turn into the first car park you see-just as you are going up the hill. That is the surfers car park, park in there, it is not paid parking like the car park at the end of the road. Walk to the beach and the hot water area is to your right.
Please note the water can be extremely hot, so you need to be careful where you stand.
Best time to go is on a rainy day or sunrise and sunset, if possible there are a lot less people.
SURFING: Hot Water Beach a classic surf spot with a right hand point break and various beach breaks that pick up the best of the Pacific Swell.
SAFETY: Hot Water Beach has very strong currents, dangerous rips and holes which can make it unsafe. Please swim between the flags and make sure children, friends and family are supervised at all times.
Leaving the area back to Auckland, just before you get to Tairua, or if you are coming this way and have gone through Tairua, are two stunning Kauri trees standing side by side. These two Kauri trees, or the Twin Kauri's, are easily accessible and well worth the photo opportunity, you can see them from the road. There is a small walk from the trees that takes you to a smaller grove of kauri's and other natives.
Closer to Coromandel Town, but very well worth is New Chum Beach voted as one of the world's top 10 beaches. This protected beach has no buildings, no roads, no infrastructure or camping. Its a bit of a walk, 30-40 mins. From the north end of Whangapoua beach, cross the stream and walk along the rocky shoreline and over the headland through a spectacular nikau forest and huge Pohutukawas.
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Cooks Beach, Waikato, Nova Zelanda