A Day on North Head

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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North Head

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Friday, March 16, 2012

Got up at 6.30am today to start my journey to North Head in Devonport. Very early for me! I managed to catch the right bus into the city, and walked down to the ferry pier. Got an early morning ferry to Devonport, which was lovely and refreshing (think wind blowing through your hair, etc etc). I walked to North Head, and it was so early that there was barely anyone there. Instead of getting a map, I just explored it my own way - much more fun! 

The weather was fantastic - clear blue skies, and very hot. Discovered a lovely little bit of beach that looked out to Rangitoto. There was no one else around, so just chilled there for an hour or so, watching the sea birds (I think they were seagulls?) Met a nice guy who drew me a map of some hot springs that I have to visit (he was a hot springs expert apparently). 

Carried on around the island. It has been used as naval base for years, so has loads of tunnels carved into it, which were great fun to explore. None of them are lit however, so you just walk into complete darkness and keep walking till you see the light at the end of the tunnel! Some were really creepy, and I had to force myself to go in! There was one which had this weird overgrown entrance, and I felt like I was in Indiana Jones! 

The birds there were great. Lots of little sparrows flying around (including one that decided to follow me), and I briefly spotted these amazing green and red parrots, but they flew away and I didn't see them again. I'll have to look them all up later!

Once I had walked round the whole headland, I went back down to the beach to have my lunch. The sun was blazing, and in my search to find some shade I discovered a little rocky cove, round the corner of the beach, hidden from sight. The perfect little hideaway. After eating my lunch and reading some Lonely Planet, I just sat on the rocks dangling my feet in the water. Then I felt something on my foot, looked down and saw a little shrimp thing clinging to me! Who needs a fish spa 'eh?  

As the tide was coming in, and threatening to cut off my little cove, I moved onto the sandy beach. It was such a beautiful place. Golden sand, turquoise water, and Rangitoto in the distance.  The perfect place to spend an afternoon. I rolled up my trousers and did some paddling to cool down (must bring my bikini next time!).

Finally it was time to head back, so reluctantly I packed up and jumped on the ferry home. All in all a lovely, chilled day. 
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Natalie Bruff on

Rowan pics look amazing, you're so lucky. keep us updated.

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