After our day on the ice at Fox Glacier we headed further north (but still in the South Island) and paid a visit to Abel Tasman National Park. The national park runs along a beautiful stretch of coastline so we got a water taxi out and walked back 15km through the trees and beaches that make up the Abel Tasman. It was incredibly picturesque.
We went to the Ruakuri cave there too. It's better known for the cave formations there and they were fantastic.
Then we drove cross country all the way over to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. They have this beach there called Hot Water Beach and it lives up to it's name. When the tide is out you can access hot water from the springs on the beach by digging your own little pool. I swear the water was roasting. A rush of cold water from an incoming wave was more than welcome.
From there we headed back to Auckland to finish up our loop of NZ. Haven't done too much sightseeing here just a bit of last minute souvenir shopping.
Tomorrow it's on to South America, which is kind of like the 3rd and final leg of our adventure!
Can't wait to see what it brings,
Jan and Paul