Travel Thursday BLOG Post
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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.