We are three quarters of the way around Mauao.
There is so much sand along this coast that there is enough to spare for little beaches like this. We can see in the distance rocks that flank Mount Maunganui's iconic beach.
In just a few hundred metres we round the corner to see the beach itself.
Two volcanic outposts flank the beach. Great sand makes the beach. Just here the volcanic rock gives out and we have a small face of "Papa" rock wich has the consistency of well made cardboard.
The rocks here have the most extravagant forms.
The summit of Mauao is not very far away. Here we can see the wall of cap rock that tops the mount.
This shot shows the charm of much of the east coast of the North Island. Beach and rocks.
Through the trees the urban shows itself. We don't need to travel far sometimes to find the healing beauty of nature........ or a cup of coffee.
With great care the grasses are preserved that hold the sand on the upper part of the beach in place. "Please don't walk on the grass!"
A board-walk is provided to walk on. The traffic along here is very high.... foot traffic that is. Everyone and his dog likes to walk around the Mount.!!!!!!
Cars for miles. If you want to park at this time of day you have to park kilometres away.
I take a rest on a seat overlooking the beach. No-one is to be seen. That was difficult to arrange! A cheeky little sparrow looks for seeds.
The sparrow is used to human company.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.