Walks around Whangarei

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Once mo­bile again, we drove half an hour east to the Tu­tukaka Coast. It was sheer magic. We first walked north from Sandy Bay to a Mon­u­ment, on a head­land, off Oruea Bay. This was built to com­mem­o­rate the crew of the ‘Cap­i­taine Bouganville’ who were lost at sea nearby.

From here we had lovely views across to Whananaki.

This track, start­ing on a farm road, then fol­low­ing tracks along coastal ridges, and through Pine plan­ta­tions, had mag­nif­i­cent coastal scenery all the way; rocky bays, head­lands, is­lands, and the sea rang­ing from pale aqua to deep blue. Flax flow­ers and Toi Toi on the cliff edges added to the spec­ta­cle. It was truly beau­ti­ful

We then trav­elled south to Mat­apouri Bay, and wan­dered on an hour loop walk to Whale Bay - an­other pretty sec­tion.

Back to Mat­apouri, we drove down Cle­ments Road, and walked a sec­tion of the Te Araroa Walk­way, south to Ngun­guru. An un­du­lat­ing trail leads through na­tive bush, Pine plan­ta­tions, streams and gul­lies, and the largest Kauri tree re­main­ing on the east coast.

Our last walk in this area was an in­ter­est­ing walk to the light­house on Tu­tukaka head­land. At the end of Landown­ers Road, a grassy track leads across a re­serve and down to a lit­tle beach.

On the far side of this beach is

Kuku­tauwhao Is­land where the light­house stands. Al­though only an hour re­turn, it was a chal­leng­ing walk be­cause by half tide, the nar­row strip of beach you need to cross, is al­ready cov­ered in wa­ter, so tim­ing is es­sen­tial.

By now, we’d run out of time in this lovely place so we re­turned home, promis­ing our­selves an­other trip North.

Above: Walk­ing a farm track along the Coastal Ridge north of Sandy Bay. Be­low left: The track to Kuku­tauwhao Is­land and Tu­tukaka light­house. Be­low right: The well known Whangarei Falls. Op­po­site page above: Look­ing over the coast be­tween Sandy bay and Whananaki.

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