Exploring the Coromandel Peninsula - The Pinnacles

Day 2 of exploring the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand. I went to hike the Pinnacles, which is a ~6hour round trip hike to a peak with great views of the surrounding areas. Originally used as a path for loggers. I was excited as this was my first hike in New Zealand and I’d get a chance to see all the plants and nature firsthand.

We were planning on doing a hike on Saturday but it was raining so we decided to explore some beaches and other spots on he peninsula first. We drove through rolling hills and passed a lot of sheep

We headed to New Chums Beach, but went the wrong way and found a rugged beach/tidepool area

Exploring the volcanic tidepools

Colorful bird on the beach

Finally found the right way and after a ~45 minute hike we were rewarded with this view of the undeveloped beach

Down at the beach, it was completely empty the only footprints were the ones we left

Afterwards we drove out to Cathedral Cove, it was nice but it reminded me of beaches that we have in California

I did the pinnacles hike on September 23rd, 2018