We got thoroughly drenched on our last day in Mount Maunganui and we decided to pack up and head North. We had also learned that the upcoming weekend promised to be very busy as it was Easter. We had not realized that it has particular importance in New Zealand because it is the last long weekend of the summer! This meant that accommodation would be difficult, even for a tent as we woukd be competing with the local population as they took advantage of extra days off. We made advance reservations in Coromandel town and this then became our next destination.
We had to negotiate twisting roads through mountain passes to get to the town...and though it was only 150 kms or so away, it took us four hours to get to our destination. It was exhausting, but the rain cleared away and we had great, clear weather once we arrived.
On our first day we made our way to cathedral cave. We took the short hike (2 kms) in to see a huge cave which has been carved out through wave action. This is situated on a very picturesque bay with lovely beaches and notable white cliffs.
On the way back we were treated to a spectacular sunset and moonrise as we wound or way through the mountain passes once again.