Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013
Not far from the small country town of Maungaturoto, about 1 ½ hours north of Auckland, Batley is a quiet rural location on the banks of the Otamatea River, on the northern side of the Kaipara Harbour. The Kaipara Harbour is a vast expanse of…Read More
Not far from the small country town of Maungaturoto, about 1 ½ hours north of Auckland, Batley is a quiet rural location on the banks of the Otamatea River, on the northern side of the Kaipara Harbour. The Kaipara Harbour is a vast expanse of water and is the deepest harbour in New Zealand. Many small towns/areas dot its banks/shoreline – Batley, Tanoa, Ruawai and Tinopai are just a few on the northern shores. There is a lot of Maori and early pioneer history in the area with ancient carvings – possibly dating back to pre-Maori days - known to be found in the harbours muddy shores.Batley was once a bustling township, consisting of a number of houses, a school, a couple of small shops/business, a church, a the large home/trading store/hotel establishment which once belonged to an early pioneer Masefield, a medium sized fishing factory/cannery and a reasonable sized wharf with plenty of boats – my husband’s grandads being one of them. Now days all but two of these buildings have been demolished/removed – the church was moved to another location, further up the harbour, by barge in the 1970’s/80’s - and all that remains are the odd footings, parts of walls, a couple of sheds by the water and the like. Some bottles, etc., keep getting unearthed in the muddy shoreline. The only homes in the Batley area are the two remaining buildings from the areas heyday - the old, large, heritage listed house called Batley House located down at Batley Beach – was once the Masefield home/trading store/hotel and is now privately owned - and my husband’s 100 year old family home, built by his grandfather back in the days, which is perched up on top of a hill, not far from Batley House. There are also a small number of newer farmers’ homes in the area.This house is where we spent 4 days catching up with family. The time was spent sitting around looking at photos, talking, laughing and lamenting broken up with walks down to the beach, netting for fish on the beach, going spear fishing for flounder, a bit of shooting, rounding up the two sheep that got out of the property and visiting another small, nearby area called Tanoa.Tanoa is where my husband’s mother and a lot of other relatives have been buried, at the Otamatea Church, on Maori Land. It is also the location of the Otamatea Whare and Marae (Maori Meeting House and lawns), located opposite the church, which is the central hub for his families’ affiliated Iwi (tribe) – the Ngati Whatua. Part of our trip home was to unveil his mum’s headstone which my husband’s sister, who is an artist/sculpturer, had made – she hadn’t quite finished it but we managed to mount half of the sculpture and get a promise from her that the remainder will be completed in the very near future, with photos to be taken of the finished installation and then a copy of the photos sent out to everyone.My uncle lives, on his farm, in the small country town of Ruawai, about ¾ hour drive from Batley, towards the west coast. I managed to make it over to see him on one of the days and he was nice enough to take me for a drive through the rural areas that surround Ruawai and then out to another small harbour side town, Tinopai.It was great to get a chance to catch up with everyone – Dennis, Linda, Sharon, Linda (cousin), Colin, Kate, Johnny, Andrew, Emily, Abbey, Jake, Ken, Heather and Ruby (the dog) – and to spend time at Batley, although the old place does need some work.There are two great museums in the immediate Kaipara area – one is the Kauri Museum, at Matakohe, which has displays dedicated to the local pioneers and people, the gum digging and kauri lumber production industries along with other items, and the other is the Dargaville Museum, at Dargaville, which has a collection of all types of items including some maritime memorabilia. This area is also not far from the Kauri Forests on the west coast and Mangawhai Heads and Waipu Cove -two popular beach locations on the east coast - Mangawhai has a great handmade chocolate shop and there’s a coastal walkway at the Mangawhai Heads, Waipu has a museum which features a lot of the Scottish ancestry in the area as well as other items/things of interest). Close
While we were in the Bay of Islands we based ourselves in Paihia which was a great choice. While it isn’t really as interesting historically as say Russell, Waitangi and Keri Keri – don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of history here it’s…Read More
While we were in the Bay of Islands we based ourselves in Paihia which was a great choice. While it isn’t really as interesting historically as say Russell, Waitangi and Keri Keri – don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of history here it’s just not as well known for it, that’s all – Paihia is the main departure point for most tours, cruises and things to do. The central Paihia Wharf is where all water cruises – from the slow boat to the Hole in the Rocks to the jet boat to the Hole in the Rock, Darryl’s dinner cruises up the Haruru River to the Haruru Falls, dolphin watching cruises, etc, - numerous fishing charters and the ferries to Russell depart from. Tickets for all these rides and more can be purchased from the café/restaurant/bar on the wharf or from any of the numerous ticket selling agents within the town.Paihia has some great Souvenir shops/galleries where you can buy anything to remember your trip by – from the more expensive items such as local artists works of art, sculptures and the like and traditionally carved Maori items (tiaha (fighting stick), mere or patu (club) and pendants) to the cheaper items such as fridge magnets, postcards and T-shirtsPaihia also has some lovely cafes/restaurant/bars, a couple of those being –The one located at the end of the wharf – sorry can’t remember its name – has a great dinner menu (good pub food type menu). We sat here and had a delicious dinner and a drink, watching the sun go down – I had a really nice salad with beetroot, feta cheese and salad leaves, yummy and everyone else had burgers or fish and chips35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant and Bar – we stopped by here for breakfast on two occasions – the muesli with fruit and yoghurt is a winner in my books – and great location overlooking the water. There’s even an aquarium in it. Close
What trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without a visit to Waitangi? Obviously not ours because we went. Unfortunately we forgot to take our New Zealand passports along – New Zealanders can get in free but visitors from other countries must pay…Read More
What trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without a visit to Waitangi? Obviously not ours because we went. Unfortunately we forgot to take our New Zealand passports along – New Zealanders can get in free but visitors from other countries must pay the entry fee which, for an adult, is $25. There are guided tours available, which do cost more – we listened into one of the tours that walked past us at one stage and, if you are not up with the history of the area and Waitangi, I would suggest paying the extra. You also get a live Maori cultural performance.Once inside the entry there are a number of things to have a look at.Our first stop was the canoe house and the Wakas (Maori war canoes) – Within the grounds is a large covered structure, the canoe house, which houses two wakas (Maori war canoes). One of the wakas, called the Ngatokimatawhaorua, is 35 metre long and is one of the largest canoes in the world. The canoe is carved from kauri trees (a native tree of New Zealand). I think it gets launched on Waitangi Day each year to commemorate the signing of the Treaty. Wow, that would be a sight to see, with all the Maori warriors dressed in their traditional gear.Next we visited the Treaty House and Treaty Grounds – The house is one of New Zealand’s oldest buildings. Beautifully refurbished back to its near original state it is now a museum about the Busby family with some of the original furniture from the time, the local Maori tribes, the signing of Treaty of Waitangi and the history in the Bay of Islands area. Very interesting and a must see.It is in the Treaty grounds where the Maori chiefs and the English met from the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 – "the birthplace of the New Zealand nation". You can wander around this vast area on picture perfect lawns, past a small beach where the English officer, Hobson, came ashore to sign the Treaty, past the flag pole that was notably chopped done by a Maori chief Hone Heke – he was once in favour of the signing of the Treaty but later opposed English Rule – this is when he chopped down the flag pole. There are also picturesque tracks through bush areas – great for catching a glimpse of native bird life and maybe a weta (a large brown spiky bug, sort of like a cicada, but without wings, not the prettiest thing) if you’re lucky – look at the specially located posts with hinged doors you can live – they’ve got fern spiders living behind them but we also found a of wetas.This is a short history of the house from a leaflet I picked up – "It was built in 1834 for James Busby – in 1846 war erupted and Army officers moved into the house during the land wars with the Maori - in the 1870s the state of the house declined and the estate became a farm and sheep camped in the house – in 1932 that the Governor General, Lord Bledisloe, bought the house and grounds and gifted it back to the nation." Followed closely be the Maori Meeting House – Not far from the house – to the right of it if you approach the house from the flagpole – is a large Maori Meeting House, Whare Runanga.You are allowed to wander through this beautifully decorated building but you must remove your shoes at the door - as per Maori custom. You think the curving on the outside is good well the inside is fantastic. Beautifully traditional carved panels are set apart by decorative traditionally woven panels, in the traditional colours of black, red and white, along the walls – each New Zealand Maori tribe has its own carving depicting in their own unique style/figures/area. The central curved poles extend to an equally ornate ceiling. Just to the right hand side of the doorway is an ornately curved throne presented by the South Island tribe. Wow.This is a brief history about the meeting house - It was built in 1940 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty and stands as a "monument to the nation, its people and ancestors". The panel carvings and woven panels within the meeting house were presented by each Maori tribe within New Zealand and the large throne was presented by the South Island tribe as their panel was not ready in time to complete the building. And lastly we went on the Haruru Falls walk – About 50m from the entrance to the Waitangi Grounds car park there is a sign post pointing to the Haruru Falls walkway. The Haruru Falls are located along the Haruru River and at the base of the falls the freshwater from up-stream mixes with the salt water often trapping freshwater fish. They reckon you can see the shags diving for the fish when the water is clear.We had already decided before venturing out for the day that if we had the time we would do this walk – it is about a 4 hour round trip. It was about 2pm when we had finished roaming around the Waitangi Grounds so we thought what the heck, let’s do it.The walk took us along a well-worn track through the native trees and ponga (tree ferns), across narrow walking bridges, down through the mangroves and mangrove swamps and through more picturesque bush to the Haruru Falls. Now be warned – these falls are not known for their height – the drop is only about 6m or so – but they are shaped in the form of a crescent, pretty cool, and, wow, what a noise, you couldn’t hear yourself talk let alone anyone else who was with you – a blessing in some cases. It had been raining quite heavily the day before so there was more water than usual rushing over the edge. Unfortunately that also meant that the water was very dirty – in fact it was brown - from the soil/dirt washed in from the rain and we wouldn’t have been able to see anything let alone a shag diving for fish. Close
On our second day in the Bay of Islands we drove around to Opua and took the car ferry across to Okiato and Russell. The ferry may cost $12 ($10 per car and driver and $2 per passenger) each way but it is definitely much…Read More
On our second day in the Bay of Islands we drove around to Opua and took the car ferry across to Okiato and Russell. The ferry may cost $12 ($10 per car and driver and $2 per passenger) each way but it is definitely much quicker than driving around the country roads to Russell. First stop once we hit the other side is Okiato which was the site of the first capital of New Zealand – Russell was thought to be too unsavoury at the time and was often called "the hell hole of the Pacific". We followed the sign posts to the location and nothing but grass, a small pile of stones, fencing and signage - Note - do not expect a building of any kind when you reach the site, the site is now a historic reserve with an old well that has been fenced off. There is some signage dotted around at points of interest to inform the visitor of what used to be located in particular areas – nice location though, great for a spot of lunch or to let the kids out for a run.From Okiato we followed the main road around to Russell where we parked the car and found a lovely café, called the Waterfront Café, on the water front to have some morning tea – a large coffee each, one large slice of lemon meringue pie and one large slice of cheesecake, all with cream no less – not for the faint hearted or anyone on a diet.We continued down the road, on foot (Russell’s small enough and flat enough for that) and stopped off at an interesting little art gallery/shop, located in the same building as the Russell Museum (the gallery is on the water side and the Museum is on the main street side of the building), selling Artworks by Maori Artists before heading to Pompallier House. Russell has a number of galleries and shops that all appear to have unique and different items.Next stop was to the Pompallier Mission House - Wow, this place was really interesting – I kept thinking it was just going to be another museum like all the rest but, boy, was I wrong. The Pompallier Mission House was built in 1841 after the Mission was established by Bishop Pompallier and it has been fully restored to its original layout. Back in the day it was a working printery – used to print bibles in English and, most importantly, in Maori - with everything manufactured on site from the process and tanning of the leather, for the covers of the bibles, to the printing and assembling of the books. What’s more they have now restored it to a fully functioning printery again with some of the products available at the small gift shop.The price of admission includes a full guided tour of the joint and it is worth it. The guide will take you through every process the Mission fathers and other helpers would have undertaken to produce the bibles – the process of working the leather, the process of setting up the texts, etc., for printing, the process of binding and covering the books and there is a very interesting explanation on how the walls were constructed.After the guided tour you can stroll around the Mission museum - a narrow room at the rear of the house which has displays of various items found around the local area - and the surrounding grounds which includes a small orchard and a small uphill track to the top of the property.Then it was on to the Christ Church - Te Whare Karakia o Kororāreka - The Christ Church is the oldest existing church in New Zealand and has been kept in excellent condition. Building of the church started in 1835 and the first service was held in 1836. The services were carried out in both Māori and English and probably still are to this day. I loved the colourful, decorative cushions that are placed on all the pews. Apparently musket bullet holes can still be found in the walls in certain locations. It was also great to stroll around the surrounding graves – some of them date way back and there’s an interesting one from ship sinking, during the wars with the Maori’s.Then it was time for a lunch/afternoon snack at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel - We’d stopped to ask a shop owner if they could suggest somewhere to have a late lunch/early dinner and they suggested ‘The Duke’ as well as a couple of other places. We choose ‘The Duke’ and they were spot on – no-one better than locals to know where good food can be found. Located on the waterfront the current Duke of Marlborough Hotel sits on the site of the very first Duke of Marlborough Hotel – the current building is the fourth on the site, apparently due to fires – during the Maori wars and raids most of Russell was burnt to the ground with the exception of the Mission. The first Duke of Marlborough Hotel was the first licensed establishment in New Zealand. In 1840 all hotels selling alcohol had to have liquor licenses. According to the waitress a small part of the original building remains.The Hotel has a lovely warm feeling as soon as you walk through the doors, and that’s not just from the warm sunshine pouring through the windows. As most of the latest building appears to date back to the early 1900’s, or so, they have furnished the dining and bar areas to match that period in time. I particularly liked are the old photographs and curios hanging from the walls.For lunch we ordered two large coffees and the sea food and meat platter which included battered fish fillets (fresh), calamari, salmon, beef, pork, bacon, dipping sauces, olives, a bit if salad, bread and cheese – the plate was huge, this was more than enough for the two of us, and it only cost $65.We were even cheeky enough to ask if we could take a look at some of the accommodation that was available – very nice, with an assortment of rooms at varying prices depending on the season – some with water views (most expensive), some with little roof top gardens (middle range pricing) and the cheapest with a window overlooking the neighbours.Last stop for the day was Flagstaff Hill – Flagstaff Hill is located on Maiki Hill, just east of Russell, and we decided to drive it as it was getting late and dusk was setting in. The flagstaff was cut down a number of times, by the Maori if memory serves me well, in 1844 - 1845. Apparently it flies New Zealand’s original flag a number of days during the year.Am I glad we made the effort to go up there – the views of the entire area are just fantastic with an also 360 degree outlook over the area – Russell, the Pacific Ocean, The Bay of Islands, Paihia, etc. - and at sunset it is just amazing – simply beautiful. Close
On our third day in the beautiful Bay of Islands we decided to drive to the historic Keri Keri Basin, about a ¾ hour drive up the coast from Paihia. Keri Keri is quite a large township with many interesting shops along the road coming…Read More
On our third day in the beautiful Bay of Islands we decided to drive to the historic Keri Keri Basin, about a ¾ hour drive up the coast from Paihia. Keri Keri is quite a large township with many interesting shops along the road coming into the area – a handmade chocolate store, antique shops, gift shops, fruit stores selling locally grown produce (this fruit has plenty of flavour compared to stuff bought at the supermarkets) and the like. We stopped at a number of them along the way.First stop is the Keri Keri Basin, the Stone Store and Kemp House – The Keri Keri Basin is where, in about 1820, Reverend Samuel Marsden was granted land and invited, by the local Maori chief, Hongi Hika of the Nga Puhi tribe, to establish a Church Mission and settlement. Hence Keri Keri is New Zealand's most historic site of national importance. The remaining buildings of that settlement are Kemp House - New Zealand's oldest house, built in about 1822 - and the Stone Store - New Zealand’s oldest stone building, built in about 1836.Both of the buildings are open as museums - you can buy entry tickets from the Stone Store - $10. The price of entry includes a short historic talk by a guide, an interesting, detailed, guided tour of the Kemp House and gardens and admittance to the top two levels of the Stone Store. The ground level Stone Store has been set up to be exactly like a trading post/store, as it once was, and still operates as a store selling all sorts of odds and ends – lollies, toys, souvenirs, clothing, etc, – with the proceeds going to maintaining the buildings. The two levels above have also been restored to near original condition and are where the museum is housed.Kemp House has been restored and maintained in its near original state, with the old furnishings and décor – as per the requirements of the New Zealand Historical Trust requirements. Even the beautiful gardens have been lovingly restored back to their original state.The museum within the Store is about - the local area, the Maori, the Settlers, the land wars and the land - and it is also a museum which shows the workings at the store – the small library section is very interesting with an interactive screen with different slides outlining different, interesting aspects of the subjects the museum is all about.From the basin it is a short walk to St James Church – St James Church stands high on the hill, just up the road from the Stone Store and Kemp House, white against the surrounding green trees and changing sky. Whilst I have never actually been inside the church the old grave sites are interesting to wander around and the view isn’t too bad. Unfortunately I don’t really know a lot else about the church, I think this existing building – the existing building is not the original but still has a bit of age in it - has been located on the site of the original church stood. Cross the river from the Stone Store is Rewa’s Maori village – We followed the river banks, around past Kemp House, to a walk bridge crossing the river where we crossed to the other side and walked through the park and car park to Rewa’s Village.Rewa’s Maori village is a reconstruction of a Maori village. This site would have been known as a kainga which is a traditional unfortified village – not a pa which was a fortified village (there are the remnants of a pa located on the terraced hills opposite this site). Kaingas would have usually built close to sources of food. In times of peace most of the tribe would live in the kainga and in times of danger they would relocate to the greater safety of the pa.The entry price is $5, which is not a bad price for what is here to see. When you first enter there is a short film clip about the Keri Keri area and Rewa’s people you can watch before you head of to wander around the site. The site is set out in a small block of bush land that goes down to the water and has a number of traditional Maori houses and buildings including food stores, a canoe shed, etc, scattered among the trees, along narrow tracks. It would be an interesting place to visit if you had no idea of how the Maori lived and wanted to find out, but for us it was all old news, but we did have fun strolling through the grounds. Adjoining the grounds is an area called the Peoples Garden which I understand is very pleasant to wander around if you have the time – unfortunately we were running out of that for the day and decided to put it on the back burner for another trip. Close
Written by kotitihaere on 23 Jun, 2006
Here is a map of the Tohe (90 mile beach) with the main on ramps marked. The solid red line is main road, the dotted red lines are metal road and the blue line is the Te Paki Stream. Cape Reinga and Kaitaia are on…Read More
Here is a map of the Tohe (90 mile beach) with the main on ramps marked. The solid red line is main road, the dotted red lines are metal road and the blue line is the Te Paki Stream. Cape Reinga and Kaitaia are on the map to help you get your bearings.Te Paki Stream is the northen most off ramp on the Tohe - 90 mile beach.Coming from the Tohe, here are the rules for driving the stream.Stop on the Tohe and get out and walk to see where the stream runs.Drive in about third gear up the stream, avoiding the water as much as possible. You will see that there are lots of places where it is only sand, aim for these and plan your route accordingly. If you need to stop, stop ONLY on the sand parts and not in the water.When going from water to stream, or visa versa, go at an angle and not straight on.You will notice the dunes on the left hand side getting higher. Sooner or later you will see in front of you two streams and bulrushes with no sand. Find a safe place to park then get out and walk--you need to see which steam is the deepest or if there is a side track that runs on the right hand side of the stream--sometimes there is and sometimes there isn't!Once you have figured that out, get back into your car and get a good run up DO NOT STOP IN THE WATER and go for it! If you feel your car starting to slow down a lot, change (down) gear FAST but DO NOT STOP!!!!Once through that part you will round the corner and see a toilet block by some grass. Go over there, then park and have fun on the dunes before moving on.The Waipapakauri off ramp.This is the easiest on ramp to find.Head north out of Kaitaia, through Awanui and keep going until you see a sign on pointing to a road on the left saying Waipapakauri and 90 Mile beach. Take that road and after a while you will start to see the ocean peering through sand dunes and trees. Keep going until you get to the car park and STOP!Get out and go and check the on ramp seeing where the tide is and what it is like. This is the west coast and can be wild--seeing a calm day out there is fairly rare, a normal day out there is about ½m high, waves about 20m apart. This is also the Tasman sea, so straight out is Australia.It is best to hit the Tohe about 3 hours after the high tide, but just because you know when the high tide was it still pays to check as it could be a high tide and the water may not have gone out to far. Also, depending on currents and winds and moon pull, the surface can change from one tide to the next.If you are in doubt about driving out there, DON'T DO IT!!!!The Hukatere on ramp is north of the Waipapakauri ramp and south of the Te Paki ramp. It an easy one to gain access to.Head north from Kaitaia for about 40 to 50km. You will see on the right hand side a motel called The Chalets. Just north of that is a sign pointing to the left saying 90 Mile Beach. This is the road that leads to the Hukatere on ramp.If you pass a garage on the right you have gone too far.The road will take you through the forest--it is a metal road.You may see the wild horses while traveling through. If they are on the road, SLOW DOWN as soon as you see them and approach very slowly. This will give them time to get off the road. If there are foals and you don't slow down, the stallion will attack you--you have been warned! They can do damage to 4WD vehicles and a car is a lot smaller.When you get to Hukatere, you will see a hill to the right. It is worth going up there for the sweeping views of the Tohe.
Make sure you have a shovel with you—while you may not need it you would not want to be stuck without one.If you see anyone in trouble stop and get out and help, the next time that could be you.Do not speed out there—it is…Read More
Make sure you have a shovel with you—while you may not need it you would not want to be stuck without one.If you see anyone in trouble stop and get out and help, the next time that could be you.Do not speed out there—it is far more dangerous than any road and while it may look tempting to speed, the locals who often use this as an alternative road don't so that should tell you something.Do not drive too close to the sand dunes—the sand is soft here and you will get stuck.Do not drive in the water—there are waves known as sweeps that can rush in and literally sweep you away, sometimes you may be able to see the roof of a car buried in the sand.Drive about half way between the soft sand and the water mark - following in others tyre tracks is always a good idea as you will be able to tell from their tyre tracks if they have hit soft sand—the tracks get deeper.Sometimes there will be "speed humps" or "speed hollows" in the sand—take these at an angle as taking them straight on can cause the front axle to snap.Sometimes there is bad corrugation in the sand, travel over this slowly.Always take streams on an angle and make sure the angle is towards the dunes and not the sea, you don't want to find yourself caught in a sweep.Keep an eye out for the wild life—often you can see penguins and other sea birds as well as sometimes sting rays and the occasional whale or shark stranded. If these creatures are still alive, help them back into the sea, or if you are hungry, catch them and eat them—fresh shark is absolutely AMAZING!There are no lanes painted out there so you can pass oncoming traffic on either side, but the rule of thumb is which ever side they are going to naturally pass on, depending where they are drive, then let that be, do not change your mind at the last minute and try and get onto the other side.Give way to all vehicles bigger than yours.Never make any sudden sharp turns as you can flip, as the sand will create ridges and resistance. NOTE: if you are in a 4WD or SUV these can tip easier than a car—YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!There are many "off ramps" but only about 3 heading north for tourists, Te Paki Stream is the northern most one.The locals use all of the others but we have the vehicles and know the terrain. You can keep an eye out for them—just look for where there are tyre tracks going straight up the dunes and disappearingNEVER drive on the Tohe at night. Although the locals do it, we know the Tohe, we know the moods, we know what to do when the kohu (sea fog) comes rolling in and puts visibility down to zero and we know how to find the off-ramps. It is pitch black out there at night (unless the moon is out) as there are no street lights and it is easy for people who do not know it to get disorientated and end up driving straight into the sea.When parking on the Tohe (90 mile beach) make sure that your vehicle is either facing the sea front on or facing away from the sea. Make sure that you DON'T park parallel to the sea, as those sweeps can take a vehicle easier when they are parked that way. If the tide is incoming, park facing away from the sea—you can make a fast get-away if you have to :-)These Rules Apply To Te Oneroa a Tohe, Ninety Mile Beach Only, different beaches different rules! Close
Calm Water--Danger or Death!The Tohe (90 mile beach) is a west coast surf beach, and very rarely have we seen gentle waves lapping upon the shore--when we do it is a shock!!! Usually there are breakers rolling in with white tops.If you are looking for…Read More
Calm Water--Danger or Death!The Tohe (90 mile beach) is a west coast surf beach, and very rarely have we seen gentle waves lapping upon the shore--when we do it is a shock!!! Usually there are breakers rolling in with white tops.If you are looking for a place to swim and see a place where there are no waves and the water looks calm, don't be fooled! These areas are usually rips and if you are caught in one, you can be taken out to sea.To get out of one, swim parallel to the shore until you don't feel yourself being pulled out. Do not try and swim into shore when you are caught in the rip.-------------------------------------------Watch Children AT ALL TIMES When by WaterWatch children at all times when in or by the water.If you have babies who are crawling, watch them at all times when in or by the water.We have seen parents with their babies crawling along but not really watching them.We have seen babies swept out by a sweep.A baby is nothing to a sweep as a sweep can take cars.A sweep is a wave that comes from no where and sweeps in then out, taking all in it's path. Although you may be 2m from the water mark, a sweep can come in and move easily 10 to 20m from the water mark. The shallow water or no water can become deep. Swift, powerful and strong, with no mercy.-----------------------------------------Shut Your Mouth When Going Down Dunes!!!When going down the dunes, if you yell too much, you may find that you have a mouthful of sand, and it can take a while to get that crunchy feeling out of your mouth.
Written by Maximax on 04 May, 2003
I think Kerikeri is a beautiful little town with a lot of interesting history to offer. The oldest stone building in New Zealand is here. It is the Stone Store and it was built between 1833 and 1836. The attic costs a couple of dollars…Read More
I think Kerikeri is a beautiful little town with a lot of interesting history to offer. The oldest stone building in New Zealand is here. It is the Stone Store and it was built between 1833 and 1836. The attic costs a couple of dollars and tells its story.
Kemp House is even older, built in 1821, and so is New Zealand's oldest surviving building.
I also enjoyed the walk along the river, although coming back and seeing the youth hostel on the other side, I decided to cross the river. It wasn't deep, but very slippery. I was scared for my life. I slipped and slid all over the place, causing concern to a family picnicking nearby. Luckily I made it!