Yesterday Felicity and I intended to explore the new walkway from Maraitai to Beachlands, but we got distracted along the way. We saw signs advertising a “Fresh Market” at Pine Harbour, and although we had passed the turn-off, we realised we would be able to walk down the cliff from the edge of Beachlands.
Continue reading Pine Harbour and Motukaraka
Today’s adventure started with a drive to the top of Black Mountain, which was pretty much a waste of time unless you are extremely interested in telecommunication towers. We then made a detour to the end of Black Mountain Rd before realising that we should have been on Black Mountain Ridge Rd, which heads in the opposite direction.
Continue reading Cudgerie Loop and Mt Cooroora
It was after 10 by the time we got ourselves organised and in to the park, by which time every carpark was taken, so we drove over to Sunshine Beach and found one of the southern entrances. This part is very dry, with sandy tracks and lots of Australian Grass trees. When we were here last time there had been a big fire and everything was black, but the forest has now recovered and turned green again.
Continue reading Noosa National Park
At the crack of dawn this morning a kookaburra outside our window let us know it was time to get up. We had planned to camp up at Binna Burra, but hundreds of other people had the same idea, and enough of them had remembered to make advance bookings, so every site was full. When we saw all the tents packed together like sardines, we stopped behind disappointed.
Continue reading Daves Creek Circuit Lamington National Park
On the way to see a display of art and sculpture at Tawharanui Regional Park, we stopped at the Matakana market for supplies.
Continue reading Tawharanui Art Exhibition
While waiting at Wellington airport this evening, I decided to go for a bit of a hike.
Continue reading Palmer Head Wellington
When I read a recent newspaper article that DOC was considering closing the Mataitai Forest to public access to prevent the spread of Kauri dieback disease, it immediately sprang to the top of my priority list to explore.
Continue reading Mataitai Forest
This morning we were both keen to keep exploring where we kayaked to yesterday, so we drove to where Triangle Rd crosses the Huruhuru creek and started looking for a walking track upstream.
Continue reading Swanson Stream
As we headed south on the motorway this morning, a gentle drizzle began which forced me to learn how to use the wipers on the new car. By the time we arrived at Lambie Drive it seemed to have settled in, so we donned our trusty ponchos and set off alongside the stream towards Manurewa. Continue reading Upper Puhinui Stream
Our mission for today was to explore the section of the Te Araroa Trail that runs from the edge of the Manukau Harbour and up the banks of Puhinui Creek.
Continue reading Lower Puhinui Creek walkway
Over the last couple of days, Felicity and I have been continuing our exploration of South East Auckland. Yesterday we started by checking out Barry Curtis park in Flat Bush.
Continue reading Otara Creek trail
This weekend, Felicity and I have been exploring the Manukau harbour foreshore around Manurewa.
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Yesterday I got to walk through the new tunnel, just before it becomes a motorway. It was remarkably clean, having been completely vaccumed for a $350-a-plate black tie dinner the night before.
Continue reading Victoria Park Tunnel walk