Daily Archives: April 3, 2014

Coromandel Peninsula

Here we had two major targets that we wanted to see – the Hot Water Beach and the Cathedral Cove. The two spots are quite near to each other locatedĀ and we were lucky with the low Tide. Both attractions are mainly interesting at low tide because the hot water wells on the beach are under water at high tide and the cathedral cove – how should I say it – just see the pictures šŸ˜‰ The weather was so great that we only had a short look at thermal spot of the Hot Water Beach and spent the rest of the time there at the normal beach. For the Cathedral Cove we were really just at the right time – half an hour later and we couldnĀ“t have gone through the whole cove to the other side.

We decided to drive up the whole peninsula to Port Jackson – there is nothing except a camping site of the DOC next to the beachĀ  and 2 farms. It was such a nice place and such good weather that we extended our stay for one night. We went swimming and also a bit hiking. A Highlight for myself was also to try out to cook something with this BBQ places that ere so common here around. The result was very tasty šŸ™‚

Before we left this place we spotted a big ship in the distance that seemed to be huge. I made a Picture and later on I seached the Internet for this ship. It is simply called “A” and belongs up to now to the Top 20 super yachts of the world. The cost for this thingy is estimated to be around 300 Million US Dollar…..

Matamata / The Shire / Hobbiton

After “Mordor” we paid a visit to “The Shire” as a contrast. “The Shire” is the place where the HobbitsĀ of Lord of the RingsĀ are living. The movie set, whereĀ the “Hobbit holes” were built, is located near the city of Matamata.Ā At this place only theĀ outside shots were taken – all the scenes inside the Hobbit holesĀ were filmed at studios elsewhere. Only the “Green Dragon Pub” is furnished at the inside, but the interior wasĀ not partĀ of the movies.

In Matamata we had a great place to stay. We met some Kiwis (here: People from Newzealand) during our hike on Steward Island. They invited us to stay a few days at their place. We graciously accepted their Invitation. Our hosts were very forthcoming and we had a lot to talk about travelling and the differences between NZ and Austria – and also other countries. I hope we will meet again – perhaps when they visit Austria in the future.