Wow so sorry about that Art I didn't check my email this weekend! Here it is
pasted right into the email... hopefully next time I won't make such an airheaded
move! ... it looks like the pictures didn't come out?
Cathedral Cove is located in Whitianga at Coromandel Peninsula. It is only
accessible by foot or boat and is a famous marine reserve that includes
Gemstone and Stingray Bays, established in 1992. It is considered a must see
tourist attraction and gets about 150,000 visitors per year! There are many
outlying islands, providing a great area for swimming boating and fishing!
Traveling under the arch is forbidden due to falling rocks. The white cliffs here
are composed of ignimbrite about 8 million years old from a large and explosive
volcanic eruption! Additionally there are reefs of hard rock along with softer
sediment. Underwater caves and arches provide the perfect home for many of
New Zealand's critters including plants, crustacean, and fish.
The arch was used in the movie the Chronicles of Narnia as the passage by
which the children first enter into Narnia. The beach here is sandy with
pohutukawa trees which provide perfect amounts of shade. Also, just off this
beach there is a large rock consisting of pumice and breccia, which has been
eroded by both wind and water, many say it looks like a ship coming toward the
Kaikoura is located on the east coast of the south island of New Zealand.
The upwelling currents offshore of Kaikoura bring a plethora of marine life to
the area. The area is well know for its aquatic life, including whales, dolphins,
and seals. Additionally the crayfish is very popular and plays a decent role still
in the economy of the area. Also, Kaikoura is known for its excellent bird
watching areas including the albatross, a famous bird.
Geologically the Kaikoura Peninsula was formed underneath the sea about
60 million years ago and is composed of siltstone and limestone. It has only
been uncovered by the ocean for about 180,000 years, originally its own island;
however debris eroding off the Kaikoura Mountains created a bridge between
the two. The rapid uplift and relentless sea have transformed the once almost
flat layered limestone into strange and unusual shapes. Just offshore there is a
deep underwater canyon known as the Hikurangi Trench, which reaches down to
3000 meters and forms part of the Kermadec-Tonga Subduction Zone.