It was time to move on and we left Te Araroa to continue our journey around the East Cape. The road took us up through the hills covered in pine forests, through stands of native trees, and back along the coastline where the coastal pohutukawa trees grow. We called in to check out a couple of motor camps along the way, but were not impressed by them at all, so decided to keep driving. Parts of the East Cape had no cell phone coverage, and radio and TV reception was also difficult. The closer we got to our destination, the traffic increased considerably, and our cell phones started working again.
We duly arrived at the Awakeri Hot Springs Motor Camp . The hot thermal pools are a real attraction and another bonus was the free Wi-Fi connection at the camp store. We were finally able to upload the blogs we had written previously on our travels around the East Cape.
The pools are very popular with both locals and campers. Luckily as campers we get to have a dip or two, actually as many as we like, free of charge. What are the magic minerals contained in this water? We are not sure but this sign in the office spells it out!!
After a hard day’s sightseeing or just lazing about, a dip before bedtime is certainly very soothing. There are two pools, the large one plus a smaller toddlers pool. Private pools are also available for hire for those wanting a romantic rendevous.