Parkinson's Lookout and Muriwai

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Muriwai is somewhere we have wanted to visit for quite some time, after hearing other people's experiences and viewing photos.  So today was the day!

We decided to take the slightly longer route a long Scenic Drive so that we could stop off at Parkinson's Lookout.  This was a lookout that Jeff and I had discovered several months ago and had interested us for obvious reasons. 

After spending time on the internet trying to research this area, we received some information from a local historian through the post.   The lookout overlooks what was the Parkinson property. Apparently the land was purchased by Thomas Parkinson and his family when they arrived in Waiatarua in 1913. They built a comfortable home here which remained in the Parkinson family until 1972, they even built tennis courts on the site where the broadcasting station now stands!  The view was pretty amazing and I bet the views from the actual house are astounding, especially on a super clear day.

After spending time here, we ventured on towards Muriwai, arriving to a rather hectic and over full car park next to the beach.  A little patience was required, driving around, until places became available for two cars.  It was quite odd really, when we first arrived the place seemed so busy and over crowded, however, after a fabulous coffee and cake stint at the local cafe many folk seemed to have cleared off.  Fantastic news!

Prior to making it to the beach we ended up in the kids play area so that Lucy and Daniel could let off a surge of energy on the monkey bars.  They acted as though they had been trapped in the car for days, tearing around, experiencing every swing, slide and climbing apparatus that they could find!

Eventually they became bored with this and we headed off for the beach, complete with snacks, chairs, wetsuits and boards, ready for action!

Jeff and I spent a wonderful hour or two with Lucy and Dan in the water, while Grandma and Papa stayed on dry land watching the spectacle!   The waves were kind today.  No nasty undercurrent, no rips that could lead to problems, just good clean fun!  The crashing waves were not particularly big, but big enough for Lucy and Dan to be keen, enthusiastic and excited about their new found sport.  Jeff and I rather liked it too and enjoyed a few waves in to the bargain - not huge but a great feeling never the less.

Eventually, we had all had enough and after a team meeting we decided to have dinner at the cafe and hang around to see the gannet colony and to experience sunset on such a fabulous day. 

We are now so glad that we did.  The views were stunning, I really can't think of words to describe the views, just look at the photographs, they say it all. 

It is at times like this that we realise how lucky we are to live somewhere like this.  It is very easy to fall into the mundane daily routine and take your surroundings for granted.  However, views like these snap you back into reality.  Every day, still feels like a holiday, we contemplate how long this feeling is going to last!

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