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Hot Water Beach

2016-11-12

tl;dr: I climbed Castle Rock, visited W Falls and a kauri grove, skipped Cathedral Cove and didn't really experience Hot Water Beach. And it rained the whole time.

It rained all night. I don't know if it was the rain, but I didn't sleep well.

I packed up just before sunrise and hiked up Castle Rock. That was a wet and treacherous climb. Returning down was worse.



Next I visited Waiau Falls. This is when it started raining again.

Then I visited Waiau Kauri Grove. These trees aren't too old, so they are not as massive as some I've seen before. When you visit a kauri grove you are supposed to wash your feet using cleaner at the trailhead. I soaked my shoes in that cleaner. Maybe that will make them smell better. Still raining.

I took the ferry in Whitianga. It cost me $5.50. Also, sheep cost $1 each, and Trump supporters cost $50. The rain let up.

I skipped Cathedral Cove because it would require a lot of hiking and I didn't want to leave my bike at a trailhead. Also, I wanted to make it to Hot Water Beach before low tide. It started raining again.

Hot Water Beach may have been more enjoyable if I wasn't here on a Saturday. There is a hot water spring beneath the sand. The incoming tide pushes the hot water up. So people dig holes in the sand so they can sit in the hot water. Yesterday, Dan had told me that all the Chinese tourists visit Hot Water Beach. I hadn't yet seen a Chinese tourist, so I doubted him. But sure enough the beach was full of Chinese tourists. It appears that only a small part of the beach is fueled by hot water, and it was full up with people. So I left.

The rain let up a little, but I would still get sprinkled on from time to time. I headed south. I stopped early in another timber forest. I'm cold and wet and tired and excuses.

good morning Castle Rock


This is part of the trail to Castle Rock.


from Castle Rock


from Castle Rock


Waiau Falls


save our kauri forests


kauri trees


me in front of a younger kauri tree




Guess which part of Hot Water Beach is actually hot.


people digging spa holes at Hot Water Beach


some islands


canadian geese, eh

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