Lion, Fall & a near miss!

Day 49. Early drive out from Fletcher Bay, stop at Port Jackson for a last long stroll on  this beautiful beach. Find a rare whole Sand Dollar – Sea Urchin – all the ones previous had been broken and scattered into separate triangular pieces. Bleached white in death, it was light and delicate to the touch in our palm.

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Another beautiful scenic drive out along the winding gravel drive to the main road….

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Ohana Farm Lookout – over the Firth of Thames….

 

707A4246-2C0E-45E7-8233-DC15BDDDB763Miranda Holiday Park – after four days non-powered Aramoana Two needed a top up of essentials and after a couple of weeks we needed some clean clothes and linen. As a  bonus this park also had a thermal pool to soothe our aching muscles after weeks of daily walks.

Day 50. Drive to Piha Beach. Lion Rock Tramp – shaped like a reclining lion seen from the south beach – this huge rock divides the beach. 

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A short steep stepped track took us up the lions back….

Carved rock shapes, spaces between providing lookouts over the south beach. 

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A perfectly placed seat at the stopping point, thankfully not all the way up this time – a rockfall had made further ascent too dangerous. A Carved Pou stood sentinel attributed to a Maki ancestress who once loved the spot.

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The North Beach….

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Kitekite Falls – 90m fall 1 hour return.

A walk taking us through native Kauri forest walking a track often over boardwalks to protect the shallow feeding roots of these protected statuesque trees…

We followed and crossed the winding river over bridges…..

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and wet rocky crossings…..

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Steep steps took us up to the top of the falls and swimming holes, thankfully the muse was not needed to stand precariously on the edge….

 

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Back into forest, steps down and out to a spectacular three tiered falls into a rocky turquoise pool below, a photographers dream…..

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Perils of a forest walk, dead and dying plant matter from a canopy way above just missed falling on our heads. The crashing sound of a huge, heavy frond falling through the dense layers sent the muse surging forward almost knocking long-suffering over in the process!

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