Tairua

Tairua was not far from Cathedral Cove or Hot Water Beach, but far enough away so I wouldn’t be swamped by tourists.

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The twi peaks of Tairu in the distance

It was a small coastal town with not one of the usual fast food places, and if you took a ferry across from the Esplanade, you’d arrive at yet another of the Coronandel Coast’s perfect beaches.

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This poor bird, had to wait until the tui finished before it could have its sand bath

The highlight for me, was spotting a tui (main photo); not that I’m an avid bird watcher. I was merely hunting for wildlife that could be tucked into corners of a manuscript, a quarter of which was set in New Zealand.

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