Around and about Whangarei

Back in Whangarei Wendy and I  did some nice walks in the Whangarei Heads area. To Smugglers cove and Bream Head and also over Mt Aubrey with its dramatic pinnacles.

Smugglers Cove
Mt Aubrey

A visit to Tutukaka and the marvellous coastline there walking  from  Matua bay to  the glorious Whale bay with a  swimming here.

Closer to Whangarie a walk along the Matea river to visit Whangarei falls with a swim in the pool here and a walk along the tree walk of AH Reed memorial park with its large Kauri trees.

Whangarei Falls
Wendy on bridge over Hatea river


Hugging a Kauri

All too soon Wendy’s time in New Zealand was up .

The Pasifika Fusion festival provided diversion for a day with lots of dancers from the Pacific islands.

Pasifika festival

I walked the Hatea loop several times, shopped at the growers market for fresh fruit and veg, drunk Flat whites in town but also  more energetically cycled the cycle track along the estuary and through the mangroves to the jetty at Onerahi.

On the Hatea loop
Waka Sculpture

Whangarei town centre
Heron preening at the marina

Another day I walked up to the Abbey caves, an area of caves and eroded limestone boulders.