I visited my sister in Papamoa. She suggested a walk around Mauao. This is more often called "Mount Maunganui". It has a track around it which takes an hour or so.
Mauao stands next to Tauranga Harbor.
It also stands next to a busy housing area.
Many of the houses are more than just seaside cottages.
It was very busy. School Holidays!
The harbor that the town overlooks is crowded with little boats........ and big ones.
In the distance you can see hills. That is typical of New Zealand. The ranges in the distance have as their highest point, Mount Te Aroha. It is around 1000 M high.
There are many trees on Mauao. Here an oak tree is trying to grow horizontally,
All kinds of people go on the walk around Mauao. Lots of them. Its a popular walk.
Although most of the trees on Mauao are native to New Zealand, these straggly scruffy ones are from Australia. Most Australians thrive in fertile NZ, but these are not doing well.
This tree is a native of New Zealand. It is thriving. [it is a Pohutukawa]
This is the main channel into Tauranga Harbor. It was swift currents when the tide is changing. Beyond [to the right] is Matakana Island. It has lots of pine trees. It is basically an extended sandhill. Over to the left is part of the fruitful land of the "Bay of Plenty".
We can almost see the open see on the extreme right of the picture. The buoy marks the navigable channel for ships. Some of the largest ships in the world use this channel.
The punga fern in this picture has a wonderful "marbled" bark. When I walked further I saw that his fern was suspended two metres in the air. It was dead.
A young Pohutukawa, only ten to twelve years old.
The path winds along the shore under mature Pohutukawas, perhaps fifty years old.
From here we can see the eastern shore of Matakana and the Pacific Ocean.
Part two to follow. Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.