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Auckland to Mercury Bay (Whitianga)

8 Sep

August 31, 2011 (in NZ)

I hopped on the KIWI bus and began my journey. I was the 3rd person to be picked up – and oddly enough – the other two were Canadians! We had a little West Coast/East Coast rivalry going on (Apparently, Ontario gets grouped into the East Coast???)  We did a quick hike to to Cathedral Cove (side), which is only accessible on foot or by kayak. We also visited a Hot Water Beach where the temperatures of the water can reach 64 degrees Celsius! Basically, you dig a hole in the sand and it fills up with water. Some of the first holes we dug were cold water, but eventually we found water so hot you couldn’t really stand in it. Groups of people would dig big pools and just lie around in them – ours was too hot to even keep your feet in! We stayed a a small hostel along the way – comfy beds and yummy spaghetti!

And Whitianga is pronounced “fit-e-anga” or something like that. Duly noted.