Bream Head Coast Walks - a bird watch­ers par­adise

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We set off next morn­ing in un­set­tled weather to walk the Day One: Ody Road/ Ocean Beach.

It was a fairly brac­ing walk and a great day for pho­tograph­ing. The colours were gor­geous. The other three picked up rub­bish along the beach while I took pho­tos. Watch­ing the pet­terel was fas­ci­nat­ing. They are tiny, quite cam­ou­flaged and move quickly.

Claire picked us up at Ocean Beach and we went home for a hot shower or in my case an out­side bub­ble bath with ep­som salts to soothe the mus­cles.

Day two we opted to go from Ocean Road to Peach Cove Road as white­heads were be­ing re­leased at about 3pm on the track up from the Peach Road car park.

The track up from Ocean Bay to the Bream Head look­out (476m) is fairly steep with many steps. We stopped to look back at the views of the shore line, the Whangarei Har­bour and out to the light­house. Af­ter stop­ping at the no­tice board we took the loop track round to the re­mains of the naval radar sta­tion.

Af­ter lunch­ing at the Bream Head look­out we am­bled on past the Peach

Cove car park turn off to the top of the steps to Peach Cove but de­cided we wouldn’t have enough time to go down the 823 steps and be back in time for the bird re­lease. We back tracked and waited at the re­lease point. What a treat that was! About 100 birds.

Day three : Mt. Manaia/Mt Aubrey. Both these climbs had gravel paths and like the Te Whara track have lots of steps and steep sec­tions but well worth the ef- fort. The views along the way and from the top are spec­tac­u­lar.

We had a lovely three days and highly rec­om­mend Bream Head Walks to all those who love walk­ing and like a chal­lenge.

Above l eft: The view from the lunch stop on day 2. Be­low left: Ad­mir­ing a tall tree. Be­low right: climb ing Mt Aubrey.

Above; Look­ing back up the coast. Right: Fungi be­side the track. Be­low left: Time for a break. Be­low right: Head­ing through bush on day 3.

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