Whenever I come to the last day of a trip, I always wish I could drag it out a little longer. That’s how I felt after I left Auckland’s Ambury Regional Park. I wished there was some place close by where I could see just one more sight. Continue reading Leaving Auckland
Around the Auckland park, I had to watch where I walked. The ground was littered with sheep poo although for some time I didn’t spot a sheep.
Only about six kilometres from Auckland’s airport, Ambury Regional Park stretched along Mangere Harbour. As I opened and closed gates, I was at first disappointed by the bare landscape, but once I found the trail that fringed the bay, the swaying grasses and rocky shore took on a new look. Continue reading Ambury Regional Park
I visited this quaint little town in peak tourist season, yet I didn’t spot one other tourist — what a luxury when every other place I’d visited had been on tourist overload. Continue reading The Charm of Thames
Following by Firth of Thames, I hiked north past mangroves undulating with the waves that surged against a rock barrier. Continue reading Thames Hiking Trail
Thames was about one hundred kilometres east of Auckland. Located around Firth of Thames, (a large bay), the town had a relaxing feel. Continue reading Thames
At the southern end of Pauanui Beach was South End Reserve. With a walking trail leading to Flat Rock and Cave Beach, it was hard to resist. Another trail lead over and around the reserve, but I decided to stick close to the sea. Continue reading Department of Conservation Reserve
Tairua was not far from Cathedral Cove or Hot Water Beach, but far enough away so I wouldn’t be swamped by tourists.
While I stayed in Tairua, I decided to drive the twenty or so kilometres to Pauanui and take a walk along the sand dunes above the shoreline. Continue reading Pauanui Beach
The Coromandel Coast’s Kuaotunu Reserve fringed the beach on the southern edge of Whangapoua. A grove of pohutukawa trees were bent and twisted from years of extreme weather conditions. Continue reading Kuaotunu Reserve