Takaka to Pakawau and beyond

Wednesday 19 September

Its not everyday that you get friends ringing to say that they are calling to visit especially when you are on the road.  But that is indeed what happened when Barry rang to say that he was flying in to catch up with us whilst we were in Takaka.   By lunch time we had driven out to Takaka airport and picked up Barry and his brother-in-law Gary.  The rest of the day was spent catching up before we delivered them back to the airport for the 75minute flight back to Taupo. 

Barry and Gary go

                 Gary & Barry                       Departing

duskdusk at Pohara on our last night.

Thursday 20 September

Another glorious day in the Bay, so after a quick phone call to Mike & Bernadette we decided to pack up and head straight up to where they were staying at Pakawau.  We arrived by lunch time and quickly settled into a lovely spot at Pakawau Old School Cafe. 

pakawaudawn pakawau

All parked up                         Dawn from Pakawau over to Farewell Spit

After a quick bite to eat we headed up to the Farewell Spit Lookout and Information Centre and through Puponga. 

SpoonbillsAlong the way we came across a flock? of Spoonbills….is there a collective noun specific for Spoonbills?

coal wharfThe remains of a wharf at Puponga, this wharf used to have a train running out along it carrying coal from the nearby coalmines to the waiting ships.

farewell spitView from the lookout at the start of the spit,


pilot whalefive fingers

skeleton remains of a pilot whale near the lookout.  Note the 5 “fingers” in the fins.

Back to the van and a night of playing Sequence with Mike & Bernadette and emptying a few more bottles from the cellar!

Friday 21st September

We decided to take a drive out to Wharariki Beach which is on the western side of the top of the South Island, just below the start of the Spit.  There is a walk over the hills, through farmland and a bit of bush to the sand dunes and beach.

wanderingwandering 2

A walking we will go!

campLooking back to Wharariki camp, from the start of the walk.

threeand yes, there are triplets here fighting for a feed.

 whararikiwharariki 2

finally made it onto the beautiful beach after walking over the sand dunes.

duck rock     island

“duck” island off the beach             This island covered in flax

starfishStarfish on the beach

seal 2 seal

Seal basking in the sun on the banks of the river flowing out in to the bay.

Bernice went on ahead on the return journey and along the way came across this beetle struggling upside down in the sand.  Deciding to leave the beetle well alone (it was around 3cm in length), she drew a large circle around it in the sand to alert those following to its plight.  Roy turned the beetle over, administered mouth to mouth and CPR but to no avail, the beetle was beyond resuscitation!  RIP beetle.

bernice's beetle

Whitebaiters are out in force at every wee stream and river along the way however none have reached our pans as yet.

birdand the final obligatory bird picture!

One Response to “Takaka to Pakawau and beyond”

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