December 2, 2014 – Lazy Day in Warkworth Area

Travel Thursday BLOG Post

NOTE: This post contains slideshows and if you are reading it on your phone, it is best viewed direct from the SITE, rather than in the READER.

In the absence of current travel options, this is a rework of our 2014 trip Down Under, previously posted on a private blog site.

+11 to start the day +20 to end. -1 and snow in places on the South Island

After our 5 hour hike yesterday, we tried for a slower pace today and only explored within  about 40 km of Warkworth. We started the day off with bowls of Mocha (and we mean bowls), Bircher Muesli for Allan and a breakfast salad (a delicious Auckland idea) for Patty. Then a bit of newspaper reading to see how things were back home.

At last, we were off to explore, stopping for this view….

…on our way to Pakiri Beach, a long strand of golden sand set against azure water. A bit of a hike and we were getting nowhere, and the surfer dudes were also getting nowhere…

…so we headed off to Goat Island Marine Area where there was a huge coral reef and no chance to book on the glass bottom boat, due to a school field trip taking all available spaces. There were no fish where we were and we did not bring our swim togs, so we walked along the shore a ways, before climbing up the hillside trail for the views.

After our walk, we drove to Matakana village for a stroll (not much here) and a bite of lunch at  Plume Café. It was a very tasty lunch, served out in the garden.

After lunch, we tried to find a local wildlife sanctuary, with no success. While looking for the sanctuary, we came across Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Walk. What a gem. About 36 works of art along a 2 km trail in the forest. A really neat concept, which we had fun exploring. We would have liked to stop here for a glass of wine, but I was driving and NZ has a zero tolerance policy for DUI. Judging by the laughter coming from inside, a group of ladies in the winery dining room seemed to be having a great time.

Another beach stop at Shell Beach (well named) where we enjoyed the beach and the Pohutukawa trees, now coming into full bloom….

…and then on to Parry Kauri Park to look at Warkworth’s 800 year old Kauri tree.

We stopped back at our lodge to get ready for a walk into town for supper and a stroll along the river and then enjoyed wine and fine chocolates on our private deck.

What a fun filled relaxing day.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “December 2, 2014 – Lazy Day in Warkworth Area

  1. I spent about a month living with a family on a farm just outside of Warkworth just after university. I have great memories of that time, but I don’t think I visited any of these places. I guess I had different objectives in my 20s! Maggie

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  2. Since we spend the first days of holidays traveling and going trough airports, we are unlikely to find time to unwind, and the following days can be swallowed up by getting used to our new surroundings. That’s why I always very much like those days were I could just relax and take everything in. As usual – beautiful photos, Allan! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Agreed. After all the hassle of getting there, it is nice to have a day with no real agenda. In truth (aside from driving) our relax day was busier than many of our busy days. Thanks for reading Aiva. Enjoy the day. Allan

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    1. This was our 2nd stay there in 3 years. In 2012, we had only a basic room for one night. Imagine our surprise when we came back in 2014 to see the upgrades. Glad we spent 2 nights this time. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. For sure. There was regular art, art with light and art with acoustics. The beach was a good find. I think who ever named it Shell Beach had a duh moment. Thanks for reading. Allan


  3. Sounds like you had a lovely day outdoors. I’m such a sucker for taking a stroll along the beach. It’s neat to see what interesting shells wash up on the beach. The sand dunes look incredible. The sculpture walk is such an interesting concept that combines man-made art with nature.

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    1. For a lazy day, it was jam packed. I think the winery Sculpture Walk is missing the boat. If they offered accommodation, people could see the sculptures after a glass or two and they might get a whole new appreciation for art. Thanks for reading. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Allan

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