Our rental house in Cooks Beach, Coromandel Peninsula has a few things going for it:

  • A lime tree and a lemon tree producing lots of fruit: today we’re making lemonade, lemon curd, and lemon bars. I may also try to make some candied lemon peel to take with us when we check out tomorrow.
  • Very close to a long sand beach (see below)
  • Within a 15 minute drive of two of the premier tourist sights on the Coromandel: Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove
  • Three bedrooms and a nicely appointed kitchen
Cooks Beach sea turtles.
The high today is only 18C but the kids are swimming anyway.
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Cal at the beach at Cathedral Cove. The hike from the carpark took about 45 minutes.
Panorama by James, Cathedral Cove


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Spotted this handsome chap amongst the rocky cliffsides.
Our kids are seldom happier than when they’re climbing around water…
Or playing in sand.

A funny note: we all call Hot Water Beach, the famous sand beach with geothermal springs that cause very warm/hot water to come up through the sand, HOG Water Beach. Because that’s how I misheard it the first couple times. Needless to say, there were no pigs on the beach, but there was some really cool hot sand and water!



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