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Golden Bay Visit

Over the first weekend of June, I went to a conference in Motueka.  This meant I was only a few kilometres from Golden Bay.  In spare time, I went across the Takaka Hill to Takaka, which is the main centre for Golden Bay.  I went for a walk in part of the Abel Tasman National Park near Takaka.

The walk starts at a carpark with a distant view of an inlet with a large lagoon.

The carpark was not empty!

Bush was growing along the track.

On the other side of the track we have a view of a nice tranquil bay.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. III

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.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. II

We were about half way around, so now to more of the walk  in part II.

A lone yacht braves the current to  sail the Pacific.

Mauao is essentially a volcanic cone.  It looks more like a lava flow then a cinder cone. Here volcanic rock meets clay.  In fact it looks like two different flows of lava meeting.  The clay will be from later.

This all appears to be more lava rock.  I like the beauty of the tree trunk pressing against the rock.  A Pohutukawa.

The yacht is much faster than we are.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. I

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.

Visiting my Sister

Near Papamoa, My sister Diana and brother in law Mike have a property.  When I visited, I took a present.  A plant.

They love trees and have enough land to have a few.  Here are a couple of Kauris.

Here are a couple of young Rimu.

This foto of their young dog shows the part of the property that looks towed the east.  There are poplars on the boundary.

The plant I brought was a bamboo, "Dendrocalamus Latiflora".  It is one of the largest bamboos to be found in New Zealand.

Te Mata Peak Walk

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.


Ginger is the last of the kittens.  She is likely to stay with me.  Even her mother Woody may go.  He is a very lively kitten, but has almost reached the size of a full grown cat.  He has had his appointment with the vet and survived that OK.
As a little kitten he was always busy.

Here he is looking for something to play with.

He gets a cuddle from an admirer.

"Who me!.  No! I was somewhere else."

"Look, I am just like my mother, only not so fat!"

Treading the [floor] boards.

Bamboo Society outing.

On this last  weekend of February, the NZ Bamboo Society had its AGM.  That takes one hour so we did other things for the rest of the time.  Our hosts Jill and Jack lived near a wind farm near Makara.  We visited, followed by a walk down the track to Makara Beach.

Two members look at the descriptions of the wind generators.

Part off the wind farm is visible in the distance.

The information tells us where they towers are sited and why they are spaced as they are.

The information panel also tells us something of the massive amount of work it takes to install the towers.

The Castlepoint Lighthouse

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.

Sunrise, Sunset

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.
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