8:30am in the morning, wide eyed and bushy tailed I was standing on the side of the road in Auckland waiting for the bright green kiwi experience bus to pick me up. Once aboard the bus, my driver (Ivan) quickly made everyone feel at ease. First stop was a town called Hahei, where we walked a coastal walk down to Cathedral Cove…which was incredibly beautiful!
Back on the bus and heading for our accommodation in Hot Water Beach (hot water beach top 10 holiday park) After dropping our bags, we went straight for ‘New Zealand’s best fish and chips’, which I have to admit were pretty good (especially alongside a rather delicious strawberry milkshake!)
With our bellies full, a group of us rolled down to the beach, hired spades ($5) and started to dig out very own hot mud bath in the sand (believe it or not if you dig in the right spot the water can be boiling!!) The best time to go to the beach is at low tide, either 5-7am or 6-8pm – as you can see it’s pretty packed most evenings!
A quiet night of drinking cider around the lodges before we called it a night was just what I needed.