Tawharanui Regional Park

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday saw another adventure to Tawharanui Regional Park with friends Jacquie and Scott.

After meeting up mid morning for coffee in Matakana we set off for the remote peninsula which according to the brochure 'boasts some of the Auckland region's most beautiful white sandy beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native costal forest and regenerating wetlands.' 

From our day experiencing this park I don't think they were far wrong!  Definately a place to come back to again and again!  We decided to stick to the beach this time and set up camp at Anchor Bay, a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters.  In fact the waters were the clearest we have seen anywhere. 

The first part of the day was spent eating our combined picnic, Jeff was over the moon that Jacquie and Scott had brought a flask of tea, however, I was sad as I ended up drinking pims on my own!!  Not half as much fun!

The rest of the day was spent boarding, sunbathing and collecting shells on the beach.  We were so glad that we had taken the boards, the waves were a decent size, but without the danger of underwater rips that we experience regularly on the west coast.  Obviously as always we had to be vigilant, constantly watching the children but we could also enjoy the waves.  Lucy and I had great fun catching a couple of waves together - good quality family fun :-) 

As usual Dan got cold very quickly, even wearing his wetsuit.  He was happy to sit on the beach with Scott, playing imaginary games in the sand dunes.  This gave Jeff the opportunity to go and board with the 'big boys' further down the beach, it was great to see him having so much fun.

Lucy got to ride a couple of larger waves and experienced a couple of spectacular nose dives, when her board dipped down into the front of the wave.  It didn't seem to scare her in the slightest, and she was soon back on her board with a grin from ear to ear.  She did however, briefly lose her beloved mask during a fall.  As she 'hit' the sea bed it was around her neck, however, by the time she reached the surface again, the mask was gone!  So many tears, until Jacquie caught a glimpse of green in the sand and the mask was found :-)

As I have mentioned previously, Lucy really seems to enjoy the ocean and becomes more confident day by day.  I can see her as a blonde dreadlocked teenager, driving her little pink mini down to the west coast with a long board strapped to the top.  An image I would never have imagined prior to leaving the UK.

After a long day at the beach, we decided to stop off in Matakana for further coffee before hanging out near the warf to eat the remains of our picnic, before heading back towards Titirangi.  I love that feeling after a great day out in the fresh air, that healthy glow from the sun and sea breeze and that feeling of contentment.

We are hoping and praying that the fantstic Autumn weather that we are experiencing hangs around for a little while longer, so that we can enjoy more days out like this before winter sets in.
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