Category Archives: Walks

Don’t Mention The Whales – Whangamumu Harbour

Our coast-crawl north up the Tutukaka Coast finally topped out at Rawhiti which is actually on the Bay of Islands – being around Cape Brett. We moved there from Bland Bay to wait for the best weather to tackle the … Continue reading

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Another Magical Mystery Tour – Whangaruru North Head

While we were at Bland Bay last week we wanted to walk the walk around Whangaruru North Head. The harbour entrance is at the southern end of the harbour and so North Head was to the south of Bland Bay. But … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour At Mimiwhangata

While we were staying at Oakura Bay on the Whangaruru Harbour last week we went in the car for an explore south, to Mimiwhangata Coastal Park which is at the upper end of the Tutukaka Coast.  It is at the … Continue reading

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In Search of a Bridge We Find a Memorial – at Whananaki

Last week while we were at Woolleys Bay we wanted to walk the Whananaki Walkway. [Only 4 words in that sentence didn’t start with ‘w’; unintended and interesting?] The walkway is between Sandy Bay and Whananaki South and mostly follows farm … Continue reading

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In Search of a Tree – Tane Moana

Up this way in Northland they have names for trees. I don’t mean like Rimu or Pohutukawa. I mean like Tane Mahuta. And Tane Moana. Tane Mahuta is the big Kauri guy over on the west coast. The biggest and … Continue reading

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Back To The Sea – Tutukaka Coast

On Wednesday we left Whangarei, heading north-east towards the Tutukaka Coast. We’d been there back in 2009 and were looking forward to returning. We remembered the lovely beaches and the clarity of the sea. We’d picked out a couple of … Continue reading

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Whangarei Falls and the Hatea River on Gloomy Saturday

Saturday was a gloomy day but the rain held off mostly. Whangarei City does a good job with tourist information with plenty of help on where to go for walks. The Hatea River Walk links a lot of them together and … Continue reading

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Where Natural Meets Nautical – More of Marsden Point

It was a lovely morning last Friday; waking up down by the wharf at Marsden Point – beside the oil refinery. Too nice for sitting and looking; time for a walk to make the most of it. We headed off … Continue reading

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Marsden Point – Where Natural Meets Industrial

Last Thursday we moved on from Waipu; less than 20kms to Marsden Point. Marsden Point is on the south side of the entrance of Whangarei Harbour. It is the location of New Zealand’s only oil refinery. It is a large-scale industrial … Continue reading

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Underground in the Waipu Cave

After our slippy-slidy muddy walk up and down the Waipu Caves Track (which didn’t go to the Waipu Caves) Wyn was no less keen on going into the cave. (It is called Waipu Caves but so far we have only … Continue reading

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