Matai Bay

We’re back at one of our favourite places in New Zealand, Matai Bay on the Karikari Peninsular in Northland.  We left our previous parking place, albeit reluctantly, and headed into Kaitaia for a day to replenish the larders, book in for some work to be done, cross a few things off the shopping list, and catch up with a few people before making our way out to Matai Bay.

We arrived at the DoC campsite to find that there had been considerable rain over the previous few days which resulted in lots of boggy ground with evidence of others having being stuck in the mud. We parked up in the top entrance on the hard gravel in behind Pat & Sue,  so then Roy and Pat could walk around the camp site, investigating options and checking out ground conditions, including testing it out with the cars first.  After about a good 45 minutes of deliberating, they came to the conclusion that yes, we could get into our favourite parking place so long as they followed the route that they had determined.  

Roy led the way.  I have to admit that I could not watch as he drove around the perimeter of the camp to our desired spot but we were soon parked up, ready to relax,  closely followed by Pat in their van.

And the view of the bay


Once settled in, it was time to go fishing.  It seems like forever since we have had the kite out fishing but with the wind blowing in the right direction for getting the kites out off Karikari Beach, we all headed off over to the other side of the peninsular.

Away off in the distance along the beach is Pat & Sue fishing, and just past them is Jim. 

 

We put the line out, hauling it back in after an hour or so with two fish on the line, one on the first hook and one fish on the last hook.
The smaller snapper was 33cm and the big fella was 48cm.
Perfect, enough fish for dinner for the next couple of nights. 

 Actually, that brings me to an aside that I have been pondering for some time now. The spelling of Snapper has changed over the years, once upon a time it was always spelt Schnapper, I wonder why or when it changed?  Anyone care to enlighten me?

Back to the present, this is what it looked like for dinner last night 

Snapper with tomato, avocado and orange salad with olives and coriander
And damn delicious it was too!

 

Every morning Roy goes off for an early morning wander, walking quite some distances at times and he always comes back with some ‘treasure’ of some kind that he finds along his meanderings.  But this particular morning he came back with this offerring found washed up on the shore

I think it may be a little on the small side!!

3 Responses to “Matai Bay”

  1. Stuartinnz Says:

    The 1966 Encyclopedia of NZ says: ‘Confusion exists over the spelling of the popular name, which is sometimes erroneously rendered as “schnapper”.’ And a fishing person wrote in his blog in 2004:

    “I have regular contact with a person who insists on referring to them as Schnapper. Aunty recalls the fish-shops advertising the Sch., variety & I have a fuzzy recollection of same. This morning I checked both the Oxford dictionary & Collins Guide to the sea fish of NZ .—Only Snapper!”

    So I suspect it’s an instance of some persons (perhaps especially people trying to sell you the fish, or the fish in a dish) being a bit pretentious and exotic, when it should properly be snapper.

  2. Stuartinnz Says:

    … and an Oxford Online Dictionary says: “A fish of a widespread tropical family (Lutjanidae, the snapper family), which snaps its toothed jaws.”

    So it snaps, rather than schnapps, its jaws!

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