Overlooking the peninsula around which I had just walked

Wenderholm

In which Miles visits a regional park known for its birds, and again finds himself enjoying beautiful coastline and bush.

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Anyone talking about Wenderholm seems to mention the wood pigeons that pursue a certain kind of berry with intoxicated enthusiasm, nearly bumping into park visitors in apparent drunkenness, supposedly for some mind-altering quality of these berries.  Sadly I didn’t see any of these large drunken birds.

Fantails were the most persistent beggars, followed closely by ducks.  They convinced me that people feed them regularly.  I saw it at least a couple of times.

FantailFantail

The Te Akeake Walk was just a half-hour loop, so I started with that.  It follows the coast around a narrow, beachy peninsula with views of the Hauraki Gulf and the Puhio River.

Puhio River, Hauraki Gulf
Puhio River, Hauraki Gulf
Overlooking the peninsula around which I had just walked
Overlooking the peninsula around which I had just walked

The Perimeter Track climbs to a viewpoint overlooking  that peninsula.  It follows the coast before descending to Kokoru Bay.  From there it leads to the park entrance, and an easy walk back to where I parked.

Kokoru BayKokoru Bay

Wenderholm is a nice scenic park with more trails to walk, and more birds to be seen.  For more info see the Auckland Council site.

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