06.02.2008 26 °C
An early start this morning got me the shot I was looking for of the city so good start there!
The drive to Coromandel, well what can I say? If it's meant to better scenery in the South Island then my word is it going to be incredible as this drive was stunning. The high passes and deep valleys of thick forest and sheer cliff faces is stunning especially on such a beautiful day like today.
We stopped off at the DOC centre for the Pinnacles hut but with no-one around (a public holiday) we headed back down the dirt track and onward to Hahei (pronounced “ha-hay”). I must admit I am beginning to have concerns about the Pinnacles walk purely due to the heat. At 16:30 (about the time we will do the climb) it's hotter than at any other point in the day and 27 °C is no typical English summer heat. Coupled with us carrying water, sleeping stuff, food and camera gear it's crying out to think carefully about it!
The hostel is beautiful, wooden log huts and set in a quiet valley (apart from the ever present Cicada's!!) close to Cathedral Cove. We took an evening wander down to the cove and I had no idea it was in such a sheer location. Just goes to show Google Earth can certainly fool you; gone are the the rolling hills I expected. Instead sheer Pumiss cliffs shrouded in thick forest.
It's high tide in the morning so I made a dashed attempt at getting through the Cathedral cave separating the two coves. I made it just, to Sarah's amusement!! A little wet me felt confident I can get through there tomorrow, lets hope for some good light!!
We cooked some yummy steak and chips tonight along with a bottle of really nice (and dirt cheap!) bubbly. Seems that sparkling wine is much cheaper than normal wine...........oh well!!!