Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Coromandel coast north of Thames


Some really unusual light late in the day on the coast road to the north of Thames.




Looking north towards Coromandel township from the Mania Road saddle and lookout Google Map


This coastal drive is one of the very best in New Zealand and one of the few places where the road follows the coast so closely for such a distance.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Manukau Heads lighthouse


Situated at the tip of the Awhitu Peninsular is the Manukau lighthouse - info their web site - Manukauheadslighthouse.co.nz

An easy and very picturesque 100km drive from downtown Auckland - take some sandwiches and a drink as there is really nothing along the way. There are picnic tables, hand washing facilitates and toilets below the lighthouse.






A view from the lighthouse of the entrance to the Manukau Harbour and surf on the notorious bar (Wikipedia) and site of many shipwrecks in the distance.


View from the lighthouse looking back towards Auckland City.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Auckland Domain - Winter Garden - update


One of my all time favourite places in Auckland from way back in the 1970's when I was flatting in nearby Parnell to the present day the Auckland Winter Garden Wikipedia has always been a place I could chill out - especially on a week day. Looking more spectacular than I've seen in a while it is a must see right now from the perfumed Wisteria to the  flower extravaganza in one of the houses.  Best of all it's free, well not exactly for us locals we pay in our annual property rates but I'm happy to contribute.




(In the heated house that makes your glasses mist over for a time) 





Sunday, 22 October 2017

Street planting in Market Road outside St Cuthbert's College


I'm consulting my botanical expert but as yet I don't know what these are called but I found them flowering about a month ago in Market Road Epsom.







Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Okura Bush walkway


Just to the north of Auckland (but not as far as Orewa) is the Okura Bush walkway. Info

I was checking this out as a bush walk suitable for my mother who is 89 and it is certainly far too difficult after very short distance from the southern end for her. Having said that it is an excellent quality track which would be straight forward enough for most people especially if they had plenty of time. In fact given the number of "camera stops" I made it would be very unlikely that people could complete the whole walk in three hours.






Sunday, 15 October 2017

Glow - Devonport


Part of Auckland Art Week was the Glow festival in Devonport featuring lit structures, fire throwing, closed streets and a whole lot of outdoor dinning.

The crowds were out but the weather wasn't kind on the Friday with wind and rain around 9pm.