Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to our second post about our wonderful trip through Middle-Earth. On Valentine’s day in 2014, we left Middle-Earth, and, after having checked our closets for years and years, finally, finally got to see Narnia after all! It’s not in a closet, people. It’s in New Zealand.
There’s not too much to tell, really. It’s a place called Cathedral Cove, and it’s this big limestone arc on a white beach where the ocean is the color of the sky right before turning dark, when the moon has already risen and the world gets quiet. Twilight, as they call it. Anyway, it’s a beautiful place, but it’s New Zealand, where everything is beautiful, so that’s not really surprising.
It’s a 45-minute hike down hill (which means it’s also a 45-50-minute hike up hill) to get there, but it’s definitely worth it. It was another beautiful day, not too hot, but warm nonetheless, and we made our way through forest and bushes and meadows – that’s New Zealand for you. 45-minute hike and you get to see more than you get in many other countries over the course of a 4-hour drive. We had, of course, forgotten to take something to drink, and also forgot to take our bathing suits. So, sadly, not only were we thirsty when we got there, but also no swimming for us. Sucks, because the water was really warm! So we walked around the little beach for a while, barefeet, to at least feel the smooth sand and the water sweep over our feet.
Although there are a lot of people there, it’s still worth seeing. So, if you ever find yourself in New Zealand, do go visit Narnia.
Oh, I almost forgot. They filmed that scene in the beginning of “Prince Caspian” in Cathedral Cove, so that’s when you see that arc. It’s when Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are transported from the train station in London to Narnia.