Shakespear Park

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Shakespear Park had been on our 'to do' list for quite some time.

It was just a shame that we couldn't take Lucy and Dan with us - they had to go to school.  Never mind, it is somewhere quite close to home where we can explore over the cooler months and hopefully do some walking, to admire the fabulous views.

After dropping the kids off at school, we headed off north, up the 16 and then on to Highway 1 towards the peninsula of Whangaparaoa on the east coast.  The views of the Gulf  and the numerous islands dotted around were magnificent.  The sky a sparkling blue, the sea turquoise and crystal clear - perfect.

As we drove into the park, to our delight, there were hundreds upon hundreds of pukeko feeding in the fields, delving their sharp beaks into the grass.  Grandma was in her element, trying hard to take photos of them, showing off their inky blue plumage.  It was quite an amusing spectacle actually, Grandma would quietly stalk them and they would be well aware of the whole situation and would keep on walking, keeping that safe distance away!

We drove down to Te Haruhi Bay to wander down the deserted beach, collecting shells and admire views of Auckland City and the Sky Tower in the distance, before heading up to the lookout, a short walk away.

The lookout could be found up a gravel track, that climbed through grass pastures.  Once at the top of the small towers we had clear 360 views of the Hauraki Gulf and the islands dotted on the horizon.  It was breath taking and deserved many photographs!

A very enjoyable day once again :-)

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