Pauanui Summit Hike

Well I’m glad I did it, but I’m not sure I’ll do it again. Purely because they don’t allow dogs, and I’ve gotta exercise those guys too!

I found the track really hard to follow. I came across a few forks in the path, and just keep taking the path heading up and to the left, that way I knew I would be heading in the direction of the headland point.

Thankfully it was a drizzly wet day, and not a stinking hot and humid one like we’ve been having lately. I managed to keep to the times allotted on the sign and made it to Pauanui Summit in 45min.

From there it was onto Cave Bay which was a much different terrain. The steep, muddy, well rooted, twisting track that lead up to the Trig Station gradually changed to a more moderate track, however due to the pine needle littering the pathway I did take my first wee skid.

My only companion, a little native Fantail

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An hour and a half later I found myself at the point of the headland. I looked around for a path to take me back to the beach, but found none, just a sign:

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Probably should warn people of this at the start of the track?

The bouldery bays were quite a welcomed change from being in the bush for the past 2 hours. I carefully rambled my way across the rocky shoreline. The caves were pretty awesome. If I were ever homeless, that’s where you will find me! I had a lot of fun in this expedition taking photos of the moss in the damp bush and then the beautiful lichen growing on the dry salted rocks.

 

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For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

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Surf to Firth

Pretty excited for the Surf to Firth, not because I’m running it but because my 65 year old father is running it! It is one of the most challenging off road bush marathons in New Zealand. The course offers three options; 42 km marathon run, 22 km half marathon run/walk and a  14km run/walk.

12th March 2016, starting at Hikuai School, on the eastern side of the Coromandel Ranges and finishes at the Thames High School in Thames.

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Proceeds got to the LSAR Land Search and Rescue and Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

**** Oh dear, since writing this post, I’ve decided to enter too! Not the marathon tho, that’s just crazy stuff. But the 14km walk. Years ago I managed an 8km Round the Bays in Auckland, and a Nike Woman’s run that was 5kms. I’ve had a baby since then! I’ve only been back walking/running for 2 months, since I quit drinking. Hopefully I go the distance ; )

It will definitely be one to tick off the List!

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Pauanui to Tairua Trail

Had a great run/walk today, checking out the newly completed 4.2km stretch of the Pauanui to Tairua Trail. It was awesome! What a great feature to offer locals and visitors to the area. This part of the track can be entered from Waterways Parade, or from Tangitarori Lane, on the right as you head out of Pauanui.

I had previously walked it with the family a few months ago. Back then it was just a narrow dirt track edged with newly felled trees. Today it is beautiful! A real treat. Not just for the keen cyclists, but for runners, walkers and pram pushers. You are welcome to take your dog too, as long as its on a lead at all times. Young children could even manage a dawdle along the harbours edge.

There is pest control in full force so pets and children must be supervised. The location of bait stations and stoat traps are easily identified by colour coded triangles.

It took me 30mins to walk to the end, where if you brought your wallet, you could carefully cross the road a have a look around the Pauanui Art Gallery!

What’s really special about this walk is that its surrounded by trees which have been dedicated to soliders who fell in the Great War. There are seven World War 1 Memorial Forest sites across the Coromandel. This particular site represents the 640 killed in the Sinai-Palestine Campaign. If you are interested in giving a donation or gifting a tree contact the Thames-Coromandel District Council Customer Services on 07 868 0200

WW1 Memorial Forest

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You can help support this project by making a donation to:

The Hikuai District Trust

03 0458 0277108 00

www.pauanuitairuatrail.org.nz

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Wave inspired

Well even though they were just “small little off shorers”, they gave my husband a couple of hours of fun, and me a washing machine knock about, while trying to capture their dynamics. I had a change of fins from my ‘Out the Back’ experience and into the white wash.

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Hopefully next time there will be some tidy barrels ; )

I have a feeling tomorrow I’m gonna be sore, I’m not exactly swim fit!

Oh here’s a couple of the hubby

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Water play

Today was definitely a day immersed with water.

My husband and I hardly ever go on dates. We have four kids and a mortgage, however we are fortunate enough to live in a stunning natural playground. Luckily we are both water babies, and our children are being raised to adore the ocean as much as we do. Today we had a date! But not the wine and dine, movie kinda date. A surf, snorkel and bush walk kind. Our kinda date. And we didn’t even have to fork out for a babysitter because the 3 bigger kids were at school and the wee one was at Preschool!

I have been hanging out to try some underwater photography and managed to get out the back to play while my husband surfed the waves.

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Classic cars

Just had the pleasure of photographing the pride and joy of Coromandels classic car enthusiasts.

The Coromandel Gold Rush and Gum Diggers Charity Cruise raises money for charity’s nominated by each town. The money raised gets divided 3 ways. Tairua’s charity was The Cancer Society

The cruise convoys through Thames, Tairua, Whitianga and Coromandel Town before finishing up back in Thames.

Coromandel Gold Rush and Gum Diggers Charity Cruise

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For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!

Textures of New Zealand’s Native Bush

We are so blessed to live amongst the natural beauty of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. I’ve been so busy walking the beaches, collecting shells, seaweed and sand for my resin obsession that I haven’t been in the bush for ages!

This evening, with hubby, kids and dogs in tow we ventured into tranquility. The kids ran ahead as I meandered along capturing the textures of the bush.

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For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!