New views of Tawharanui

in which Miles takes in the previously unseen at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary.

To view the full gallery of photos on imgur, click here.

With the white sand beaches so near the car park, it’s easy to have a look before proceeding further.  A cloud shrouded the top of Little Barrier Island throughout this visit.

Omaha Bay and Little Barrier Island
Omaha Bay and Little Barrier Island

My plan was to walk the North Coast and South Coast Tracks, but I was pushing the limits of the time available before sunset, and not inclined to take less time for pictures, or to rush in any way.  Fishermans Track offered me a way to compromise, and walk just part of the South Coast Track.  See the map of the park on the Auckland Council website.

The North Coast Track offered familiar views of that coastline from a higher vantage point.  The track itself is mowed grass through pasture-like lands.

North Coast Track
North Coast Track

It seemed a shame not to take the Tokatu Point Lookout Track to the end of the peninsula, but I decided to save that for another day.

Little Barrier Island over Tokatu Point
Little Barrier Island over Tokatu Point

The meeting of the North Coast and South Coast Tracks offers a nice view of the waters on both sides of the peninsula.

Tawharanui Peninsula from the intersection of the North and South Coast Tracks
Tawharanui Peninsula from the intersection of the North and South Coast Tracks

The South Coast Track shares meadow-like characteristics with the North Coast Track.  Fishermans Track however dove quickly into the bush.

Fishermans Track
Fishermans Track

On Fishermans Track I got my first decent pictures of a Wood Pigeon.  It seemed much more cautious than drunk on the berries they are reportedly fond of.  Maybe none are available in Tawharanui.

New Zealand Wood Pidgeon
New Zealand Wood Pigeon

There are more pictures to enjoy, and I plan to add just a bit more information in the captions as well.  To view the full gallery of photos on imgur, click here.

 

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