Another Viewpoint – Bay of Islands

Opito BayOne of the things with the Bay of Islands is how to get an appreciation of the bay full of islands. You can visit Russell and Paihia and Kerikeri and wonder what it is all about. Probably boat trips give a better appreciation but one thing with boat trips is that they all tend to be at sea level. And cost chunks of money. Exploring by car from Kerikeri we came across an excellent view point above Opito Bay which is at the end of the peninsula between Kerikeri and Te Puna inlets of the Bay of Islands. It was a very strategic location in the days when all transport was by water so there are remnants of Maori pas.

Opito Bay information map

Opito Bay information map. In best DoC style there was some conflict up the track as to exactly which way the pa was.

Opito Bay in the Bay of Islands

Opito Bay in the Bay of Islands

Information sign at Opito Bay

Information sign at Opito Bay

The two signs above are both information signs in Opito Bay and are both to the same place and yet the names used are not the same. It never seems to occur to the people who are responsible for signs that they might create more confusion rather than less.

View from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

View from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout. Cape Brett on the left in the distance and Pukehuia on the right in the distance. The Cape Brett tracks traverses most of the distant skyline.

Panorama from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

Panorama from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout – Te Puna inlet on the left and Cape Brett in the far distance.

Panorama from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

Panorama from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout – Te Puna Inlat to the left.

Someones favourite fishing spot near Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

Someone’s favourite fishing spot near Akeake/Tareha Point lookout. Te Puna inlet beyond.

View across Te Puna Inlet from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

View across Te Puna Inlet from Akeake/Tareha Point lookout

Opito Bay - Bay of Islands

Opito Bay – Bay of Islands

Opito Bay - Bay of Islands

Opito Bay – Bay of Islands. Looking across Kerikeri Inlet.

I don’t make colour photos into black and white ones; or hardly ever – I’m not sure what the point is with most of that. But some views are almost black and white anyway with colourless lighting and the photo above is one of those. It remains a colour photo and just looks like a black and white one.

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