Only twenty minutes away is a small peak. At the top is a reserve with many walking and biking trails. Last Sunday I walked my favourite walk. Here are some fotos.
Here is the view from the carpark. The hill that is covered in pine tress stands out from the grazing pasture of the rest of the hills.
Tee mata peak is built on limestone rock as shown in the picture.
From the walkway you can see the hills below. The parkland is covered in vegetation as shown here.
Looking back along the track you can see the uneven surface of the walkway.
I arrived at Castlepoint to spend the night with my sister Diana and her husband Mike.
They had rented nice waterfront bach near the "harbor".
It had a great view of the water and Castlepoint Lighthouse.
After a cup of tea we set off in strong winds, to climb to the lighthouse.
To get to the lighthouse we had to cross the "harbor", which consisted of a flat sandy area which was regularly overrun by the tide.
This flat area was home to fishing boats. The sand was hardpacked so vehicles could easily drive over it.
I visited my sister and brother in law at Castlepoint where they had rented a bach or holiday home. I took fotos of the sunset, and in the morning of the sunrise.
Castlepoint is on the east coast of the North Island, in the Wairarapa. The nearest town is Masterton. Castlepoint has a beautiful beach.
At the end of the beach is a lighthouse on the point of land that projects out into the sea.
The day was very windy but clear. The wind blew out to sea, so there were not any big waves coming in.
On the way to Taupo there is a side-road advertising the directions to Treelinoe Gardens. These gardens have going for perhaps fifty years. I visited them once nearly forty years ago. They were beautifully set out. My return found them much changed. All the trees were fully grown. That meant they were so high the view was quite obscured. The previous owner, who had dedicated himself to the creation and extension of the gardens, had died. The new owner had some idea of the value of the gardens, but something was missing.
My next stop after Elsthorpe Reserve was Blackhead Beach.
This beach has a nice fine light brown sand. It is not very shelly nor much in the way of crystals like Coromandel sand [on the Whitianga side]
The tide is out so the groundwater seeps out of the sand to get to the sea leaving the sand moist and reflective like a mirror. Past the sand is an area of flat rock. It is easy to walk on as it is quite flat and even.
I couldn't resist a foto of the clouds reflected in the sand.
Today, [Monday 29th Jan, 2018] I travelled down country, to the coastal settlement of Porangahau. It has one of the nicest beaches on the East Coast [of the North Island]
On the way I decided to be economical with fotos. Even so I found many things I just had to fotograf.
I have lived in Hawkes Bay forty years but I have never been in this bush.
Just outside the entrance I found a small but well formed Tawa tree. [See the Mohi Bush Blog]
It did get me the opportunity I didn't get in the Mohi Bush journey to fotograf the leaves of the Tawa.
Somewhere up beyond the Kawekas. I am on the riverbank of the Rangitikei River. 600m above sea level. Usually dry, this summer has a little more moisture in it. So the Kowhai trees are looking good... at least this one is.
There must have been rain as there are a few drops on the lens.
The seed racines are quite easily visible and they are very distinctive.
On farmland this beautiful broom with its bright yellow flowers in December [all gone now] and is considered a weed so is sprayed.
This morning I set off before six am to travel to Waiouru. It is about 150km and that should take on Highways about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This journey is not on a normal highway and less than 4 hours is hooning.
It was raining.
My favourite mountain, Kaweka J. 1700m tall.
The rain was only just beginning. This little rain cloud caught my attention.
The clay soil is not good for farming. Fortunately trees grow here.
This area has recently been logged. A piece of wood has become completely bleached by weather.
Monday's excursion was to lakes Tutira and Wakapiro.
I have visited Tutira often but I've never walked around Wakapiro. It is much smaller then Tutira. Tutira is in the foto above. Good-bye Tutira, Hello Wakapiro.
Wakapiro is a jewel of a lake early in the morning when there is no wind.
It will likely be a home to more tuis now that more flax has been planted. The flax flowers have nectar that the tuis love.
I discovered a small flower growing in the grass. It belongs to a fungus.
I am on top of a hill to the North and West of Hastings.
Farming is the main activity here, but the steep faces are good places to grow cover to slow erosion.
A beautiful valley where life would be very pleasant.
In the distance are the Maungaharuru ranges. There are some very nice walks on the top peaks.
Down below is a road which leads towards Lake Tutira.
There is forest ahead along the road. It descends down into a valley where the Holt Forest is located.
January 15th. and the first cicadas are out.