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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.

A tree on the side of the track had some interesting spiky nuts.

A sandy beach appears along-side the track.

 A large old-man Manuka leans out over the water.

I could see the back of a large sandbar that almost  closed off the lagoon.

The hills behind the lagoon are all covered in forest or native bush.

This park is one of the best looked after of all inNew Zealand.  This coastline has lots of NZ Natives.

The sandbar that cuts off the lagoon from the sea is.......    made of sand!!!!!!!

The lagoon is not mirror calm, but has only a few ruffles.

The ocean side of the sandbar is littered with driftwood.

The rocks on the eastern end of the beach have some striking forms.

On the horizon, a few islands remind us of Thailand.

In the distance the hills of Golden Bay stretch out towards the large sand bar called "Farewell Spit''.    [invisible in the foto.]

Believe it or not, the Islands of a previous foto are also in this one.  The huge Farewell Spit sandbar protects the waters of Golden Bay.  Hence the calm waters.

The hills ascend steeply from the waters edge.  The rock forms are splendid.  It is most likely granite.

Some of the most beautiful rock forms are seen at the waters edge.  The water washed away any loose rock, leaving a clean surface.

There is a big build up in driftwood near the cliffs.

The bush is so closely grown. I would not want to "bash my way"  through it.

The track is well formed with a good surface.  The bush has been cleared back from the track several times.

I reach the portal to the track again.  It has been put together with great care and enthusiasm. The panels have been carved by expert carvers, even though they have used machines to carve with.

The carvings of the end panels.

The panels on the sides of the entranceway.

The remaining side panels.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our beautiful coastline.    Cheers Chris the Pipemaker

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