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This weekend was not for the lazy! It was high time to get out of the city and back into the beauty of New Zealand’s nature once more! The hike to the top of Coromandel’s highest point certainly had its highlights; rivers, swing bridges, stone steps and rugged bush track. It was all totally worth it – though! When we reached the top we were rewarded with one of the the best sights on offer – a sweeping view across the whole of the Coromandel Peninsula and the upper part of the North Island. Leaving our bags at the DOC cabin, we climbed on a little further to reach the top-most point of the mountain, and witnessed the most amazing sunset as the sun disappeared below the horizon and “into the sea”. We then returned to the cabin and played cards, shared some stories and cooked our food (we were ravenous by this stage!). Not wanting to miss an equally beautiful sunrise and in keeping with the motto ‘The Early Bird…’, at around 6am we once again climbed these famous Pinnacles and caught the early rays of the suns morning light. We were to be the first in the whole world to see the sun rising and welcome in the new day.
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