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semi-overcast 27 °C

Sandy Cathedral Cove and its verdant islands near the tiny community of Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula is a spectacular sight when glimpsed above a forest of lofty tree ferns…
These native ferns reach 60 feet high and along with other exotic trees and plants make the cliff side hiking trail to the cove a botanist’s delight…
When we told the guy at our resort in Whangamata that we intended visiting the cove he assured us that we would be snowed under with holidaymakers. After all this is the Waitangi Day long weekend – the last hoorah of summer. But here’s the beach…
Maybe the hordes would be inside the cathedral-sized cave that gives the cove its name…
Nope – not here either. Despite its proximity to Auckland this part of New Zealand has mile after mile of largely deserted golden beaches, but just when we thought it was safe to do a nudie we rounded a headland and found an army of people digging up the beach…
But what were they searching for: clams, mussels, buried treasure – maybe granny’s false teeth?

A two night all expenses stay at the Pacific Resort in Whangamata (airfare not included) to the first person with the correct answer. And here’s another brainteaser – just how do the locals pronounce words beginning with ‘Wh….”
We are continuing with our foreign language lessons and now call fishermen fishos; avocados avos and shopping carts trundlers. However the word Kiwi can be confusing. It could mean a New Zealander, or it might be one of these…
As we make our way around the north island we come across numerous small towns that remind us of home. For instance, the town of Katkati is adorned with dozens of murals depicting the town’s history similar to those in Chemainus on Vancouver Island…
And today we visited the rural community of Te Puke and couldn’t see a thing behind the incredibly high hedges. We wondered what the natives were hiding until we found a gap and discovered that Te Puke is the kiwi capital of the world and the hedges protect the furry little critters from the coastal winds…
Eighty percent of the world’s supply of this fruit is grown in the rich volcanic soils of north eastern New Zealand and here they are squeezed into everything from juice to wine, spirits, liqueurs and even chocolate bars and soap. This year’s kiwis won’t be ripe until April so we just had to try the kiwi wine – oh well; someone has to drink it.

Posted by Hawkson 23:47 Archived in New Zealand

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They are digging at hot water beach for hot springs. "Wh" is pronounce "f". I'll be there to join you shortly.

by Samchow58

oh Samchow you beet me to it yes you are right you do pronounce "wh" as "f" I never did figure that out.

by Jean McLaren

That's one huge kiwi bird.
Feather on Gabriola sunny today but only high of 9
cf your 27.
Jenn and group touring Hobbiton.

by R and B

I gather the wine was found wanting????? Or not. The Kiwi sculpture reminds me of the birds in the Olympic Village.It would make one heck of an addition to our annual bird count.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Really beautiful pictures and story too.

by The Vickerage

I'd say Sheila has a future on the home shopping channel elegantly holding wine, cubit zirconia etc.

Who knew that kiwis clustered like that! Nice photo.

by Tom

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