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... by the war-like Maori.
We drove out beyond Collingwood to Puponga – the start of the Farewell Spit – a huge
sandspit that shelters much of Golden Bay and walked out to the incredible Wharariki Beach – last visited when our friend Sue spent some time with us about 6 years ago. Why incredible? Well, it is a long way from anywhere and quite a walk to actually get to the beach. The beach is huge and approached over enormous sand-dunes, like waves of ...
... a very impressive and extensive set of traps along the path this morning, with lots of warning signs about the poison, hoping to trap rats, cats, stoats and possums! Well we hope so too! Everywhere we look there are picture perfect vistas of the Sound; the path is in very good condition, and we find a picnic seat for our lunch stop. We arrive at our destination : Cnoc na Lea (hill by the sea) at about ...
... hikers flocked to these parts (fully equipped with Lycra and hiking sticks) in order to undertake one of the many mysterious trails into the wilderness. I can only assume that the hiking sticks were for protection against Orcs, for the folk who carried them were usually the ones who picked the easiest and shortest trails, yet dressed as though they were going walking for two weeks.
The closer we got to the park, the more majestic the landscape became. A small ...
... we finally got to see a
massive sperm whale for a relatively short time before it took its last
breaths, raised its tail fin and dived under water again. We managed to see two
sperm whales before starting our return journey via a large school of Dusky
Dolphins! Dusky Dolphins are basically miniature dolphins only found in the
Southern Hemisphere, and they made a fantastic spectacle leaping out of the
water and swimming around the bow ...
With the view of the hills around us we felt that we needed to explore the terrain so went to Wither Hills to climb to the view point. Very different vegetation to the North Island as farmers deliberately burnt the natural vegetation which then led to severe erosion. we enjoyed the walk and picnic with surprise views of the Cloudy Bay coast in the distance. Hills all around and vineyards as far as the eye could ...