Hahei Beach │ On the Wild Side
Hahei, located on the Coromandel Peninsula, is an attractive beach fringed with pohutukawa trees and washed up pink shells at the northern end. This sheltered beach is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing because the offshore islands provide a breakwater effect for the coastline.
With it’s beautiful white sand, this is a favorite holiday spot among locals. It is quite easy to spend a whole day down here. There are some good accommodation options in Hahei although less in terms of restaurants and places to eat out so make sure you bring everything you need if you are self catering. We had a tough time finding much to eat here. In the small convenience-type store near the beach, we found some hummus, bread, and cheese. We then drove down to the beach, but we didn’t leave the grassy area since Eli had fallen asleep in the back of the car.
It was quite warm, but there was an amazing cross-wind coming through the car. We decided to sit in the car, windows open, and have a little “picnic” while Eli slept in the back. With the incredible view ahead of us, we were more than happy to sit in the car with our good food, music, and happy vibes.
We are HUGE fans of ciders, but unfortunately, we can’t find them very easily in China. Whenever we go back to South Africa, we always look forward to some ice cold Hunters. It was therefore a wonderful surprise to discover that New Zealand is BIG on ciders. We tried a few kinds, and they were all great… But then, we found THIS ONE:
Wild Side Cider. OH MY GOODNESS!
This is officially the best cider that we have ever taste. EVER!
There are five flavors of Wild Side Cider, and of course, we tried them all. We also loved them all!
If I remember correctly, I think our MOST favorites were Feijoa & Passionfruit and Strawberry & Lime.
If you are in the vicinity of Cathedral Cove, it is definitely worth checking out Hahei Beach. In fact, you could spend an entire day with the family on this beach. Our little impromptu “car picnic” was absolutely perfect!