Another week has slipped by in our role as Camp Hosts or Camp Narks as Antony so eloquently called us! And before you ask – no, we have not ‘narked’ on anyone –yet!

A walk to the top of the hill overlooking the camp and beach is where the following sets of photos were taken from.


Looking down onto the camp with us parked there in the middle toward the back, and the photo on the right is zoomed in on the track up over the other hill.


Zoomed in on us parked up….and closer zoom.  Yes, we know the awning is not level, that is done purposely to facilitate water runoff.


Looking forward of our van to the beach


A Panoramic view of the Te Haruhi Bay the campground is at the left end of bay below the ridge.


Looking out to Tiritiri Matangi island from the top of the hill behind the camp, and a view of Pink Bay. No sand but a papa rock shelf from which people fish.  This same shelf stretches from the bay in front of the camp around to Army Bay and can be walked all the way at low tide.

We have watched a number of people wandering past our van to walk up over the hill with sacks thrown over their shoulders, returning some hours later with sacks bulging with their contents.  One day we got chatting to one chap who showed us his catch of Kina and who offered us a couple to try.  Kina is the Maori name for sea urchin or sea egg,  which is endemic to New Zealand waters.  They are a prized delicacy  to Maori, with the roe the edible part of the urchin.  They are spiny wee things, but not to pass up an opportunity, we broke them open and scooped out the delicate roe.


Kina                                                 Breaking them open


We enjoyed the delicate but creamy contents and can understand why they are such a prized delicacy.

Once the spikey spines have been removed and the shell dried off what remains is this beautiful pale green shell.

Earlier in the week, friends Bill & Estelle came to stay for a couple of nights in their newly acquired campervan.  This was to test out all the workings of their new van, and to make sure everything worked as it should.  Of course not everything went to plan for them, but at least we could assist where we could and of course we could laugh along with them…..but lets just say what goes on camp, stays in camp!!

13Here we are spending an evening playing Sequence – we let the visitors win the odd game!

14An action shot of Estelle, caught through the window of their campervan, attempting to make up their bed!

We did venture out one day by visiting Gulf Harbour which is a development not far from here, which includes housing, golf courses and a large marina.  It was interesting to see how the other half live, not our cup of tea though.


Map of the area

However, there is a ferry that runs from here through to Auckland city and another ferry that goes out to Tiritiri Matangi Island which we shall take at a later date when the weather decides to settle.

Unfortunately, the weather was not particularly kind to us whilst Bill & Estelle were visiting.  One morning whilst filling up the van with fresh water, Roy got caught in a hail storm and took to shelter under a tree whilst trying to protect himself from the hail with the umbrella.

15Sheltering from the hail

Now you did not think that we would have a blog entry without the obligatory pictures of flora and fauna, did you?

The park which surrounds the camping ground is an Open Sanctuary.  It has a predator proof fence isolating the tip of the peninsular from the rest of it.  This area has been cleared of all introduced predators except for a few remaining mice.  This has resulted in a proliferation of native birds assisted by those that fly over from the Sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island which is another Sanctuary where a number of rare species have been re-introduced.


A prime example of a Tui.  These are very prolific in the bushes surrounding the camp.  Their only downside is that they start their day at between 3am and 4am which is little early for a dawn chorus.


These two Native Pigeons or Kereru arrive late most afternoons and perch at the top of the dying branches of a Cabbage or Ti tree.

A fungi growing at the base of a cabbage tree in the bush above the camp


I am watching this small branch on a Pohutukawa tree beside our home and hope to see it flower before we leave.


Some are already starting to bloom but they are few and far between at present.



One Response to “Shakespear”

  1. Milly Goes Says:

    Shakespear is so beautiful – it’s so underrated by Aucklanders!

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