About 30 minutes off the main highway to Coromandel, is the hidden gem of Onemana. As we entered the town, we were greeted with an expansive view of the sea and a glimpse of off-shore islands. As we drove further into Onemana, we saw the golden sands and a curving crescent shaped beach. On the other end of the beach was a large rocky area, which Im sure has amazing snorkeling during the summer.
We went straight to our Airbnb, a beach chalet cabin that sits a 2 minute walk to a picturesque secluded swimming and surf beach. The cabin was absolutely adorable complete with an open floor plan, living room, and loft bed. The living room opens to large deck with outdoor dining furniture and gorgeous mountain views where we ate both dinner and breakfast the next morning, some perfect little fam time.
After we checked in and got settled, we spent time at the private beach just a short distance from the chalet. We were extremely lucky with the weather that we were able to bask in the sun in swimwear instead of in layers as its been since I’ve been here. The boys even felt so in the summer spirit that they found a surf board from under the house and hung it out the side of the car as we drove to the beach. They went into the water and tried to catch some waves, although not so successful.
From there, we ate a delicious dinner before jetting off to Hot Water Beach at 8pm.
Hot Water Beach is an New Zealand must-do and one of its most dramatic places. You have to visit Hot Water Beach two hours on either side of low tide. We were told to bring shovels or digging items to successful get the hot water pools to fill up and sit in. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any shovels, so we improvised by bring pots from the chalet to the beach.
From the sound of the surging waves in the background to the fierce bite of the hot water that we laid in, topped off with a beautiful starry-night sky, this was an atmosphere like nowhere else. I would say it was probably one of my top favorite spots I’ve ever been to in the world. Easily one of the most relaxing moments of my life. It was incredibly peaceful. The five of us lied there for almost three hours, barely speaking, just gazing at the starry sky above.
So if you’re going to visit, try to go during low tide at night. If you’re lucky on a clear night, you might be able to see the entire Milky Way, like we did.
Unfortunately, I have no pictures to share with you, so you’ll have to read those words and use your imagination. But honestly, there was something special about none of us having our phones, being forced to live in the moment and truly enjoy what we had all around us.
The following day, we went to the famous Cathedral Cove which was also incredible. We hiked about 45 minutes, starting in the rain but ending with beautiful sunshine. We spent some time on the beach with each other exploring all the different sections it had to offer. I couldn’t imagine how busy it would be during summer. What an sweet swimming spot New Zealand has available right there.
Highly recommend a visit here, you’ll be missing out on something magical if you don’t.