Titirangi Bay – On the Fringe

Titirangi Bay

We have moved on from November, but there is one more little adventure to mention. While we were down the Marlborough Sounds, we took the opportunity to drive over to Titirangi Bay, north from Kenepuru Sound. We were not sure about the road so left Suzi motorhome back at Kenepuru Head and headed off in the little car with the even littler tent. The road climbs up a ridge; above Endeavour Inlet of Queen Charlotte Sound, around the side of Mt Stokes, above Gore Bay, and finally down to the north into Titirangi Bay.

Gore Bay Marlborough Sounds

Gore Bay Marlborough Sounds

Around Mt Stokes, Marlborough Sounds

Around Mt Stokes, Marlborough Sounds

Descent into Titirangi Bay Marlborough Sounds

Descent into Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Sign Titirangi Bay Marlborough Sounds

Sign to Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

We speculated a bit about the meaning of Titirangi and how there were a few places called Titirangi. My best guess was it meant the place where Rangi went to get his muttonbirds. It turned out to mean “fringe of heaven” which is nice. Certainly Titirangi Bay is on the fringe of that part of the Marlborough Sounds – you can’t get much further north without getting wet.

There is a camping area there in a paddock with sheep and wekas and flush toilets, just back from the beach. We found somewhere sort of flat for the tent and had a quick walk on the beach and fired up the old MSR primus to cook up tea. What fun 🙂

Titirangi Bay Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay Marlborough Sounds

Testing the (Cold) Waters at Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay Marlborough Sounds

Camping area at Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Next morning, it was a bit chilly for a start. Breakfast was bacon and eggs – yahoosie! And a walk on the beach.

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Breakfast at Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Wyn hanging onto her hat at Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Exposed tree roots at Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay camping area, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds – DÚrville Island in the distance

And that was it. We headed back over the hill and around the mountain and back down to the Sound at Kenepuru Head.

Gallery of photos – Marlborough Sounds –  November 2013

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2 Responses to Titirangi Bay – On the Fringe

  1. gay dornbusch says:

    What stunning photos. It looks so beautiful tho I don’t think I’d go very well on the road to get there. Hope you are both well

    • Wyn says:

      Thanks Gay. It was a stunning place, all the more so for it’s isolation and I was glad we were in the car and not the Motorhome for getting in there. One nights camping was fun too for a change.

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