Tag Archives: Northland

Gated Beaches of Northland

Beach access is an issue all around New Zealand (and everywhere else I suppose). We do seem to feel that access to our sea shores is a right. We like to go to the beach and we don’t like being … Continue reading

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Another Viewpoint – Bay of Islands

One 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 … Continue reading

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A Big Walk Back From Cape Brett

The plan was to take the shorter walk in to Cape Brett lighthouse and hut, and then do the full Monty on the way out; walk right back to Oke Bay at Rawhiti. It was a great plan as we’d … Continue reading

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A Little Big Walk To Cape Brett

Early last week the weather gods granted us a couple of good days for our planned walk to Cape Brett, out from the Bay of Islands. This walk had been on Wyn’s radar for over a decade and she gradually … Continue reading

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Resting Round Rawhiti – Bay of Islands

We spent a day hanging around Rawhiti which is at the eastern side of the Bay of Islands in Northland. It is at the base of the peninsula which runs north to Cape Brett and is spread over a few … Continue reading

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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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Bland Bay – Anything But

Bland Bay is a strange name for a beautiful bay adjacent to the Whangaruru Harbour at the top end of the Tutukaka Coast in Northland. We’d been at Oakura at the south head of the harbour last week, and moved around … Continue reading

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Off Out Back For a Bit – To Cape Brett

We’re off for a walk tomorrow; bit of a big one for us. We’re walking the last part of the way to the Cape Brett lighthouse. And staying the night there at the hut which used to be the lighthouse … Continue reading

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The Sun Comes Up Again – Oakura Bay

From SH1 north of Hikurangi we headed east again, over the hills back to the coast. Near the top of the last hill we stopped at the Helena Bay Hill Cafe and Gallery. we managed to park out on the … Continue reading

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Weekend of Two Halves – Sandy Bay

Last weekend was a weekend of contrasts; stormy on Saturday and sunny and calm on Sunday. The rain was predicted so we’d moved to Sandy Bay after our big walk on Friday to Whananaki. The rain came in the night and … 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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