The rock shelf is wet in this area, at low tide, but not muddy. That changed as I proceeded northeast.
I stopped often to look back over Shoal Bay and Waitemata Harbor toward the Harbor Bridge and Sky Tower.
I’ve seen a lot of kite boarders out on the sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve, but the group in the picture below was up to something different.
This coast has the nicest boat houses I’ve seen along the New Zealand coast. Some appear to be situated on a kind of extra back yard, but right on the bay. The buildings probably serve as more than just a place to store boats and related equipment.
I got the sense that few people walk the foreshore here. A group of people sitting in their yard asked me where I was going, and there was a “why are you here” vibe. They weren’t otherwise unfriendly though.
I headed out toward the sandbar a bit early, and found the going very soft and muddy.
I walked all the way to the end of the sand bar.
The pic below looks back toward the Bayswater coast, and shows the net some people had just finished setting up. Low tide had passed, and the water would soon be coming back in, eventually flowing like a river. I think they probably left with a lot of fish.
I walked back on the sandbar proper, on much former ground.
Below is a parting look along the sandbar.
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve it becomes very muddy near the shore.
Fortunately there are a couple of sandbars just off of the Bayswater Coast that let me make it to Sandy Bay Reserve.
I walked to the end of Sandy Bay Reserve, but found no way forward that wasn’t all deep mud and overgrown mangroves. I retreated to Sandy Bay Road and took that and Bayswater Avenue to the First World War Heritage Trail next to O’Neill’s Point Cemetery.
The bridge was built to last, and gets a lot of use.
We’re moving into late fall here in New Zealand, and the sun sets by 6:00.
The path from O’Neill’s Point Cemetery is part of the Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna.
At Northboro Reserve I called it a day, and caught a bus back to my car at Bayswater Marina.
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