Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm taking you on holiday.....

After Rachel and Michael got married, we decided to drive north and look for hot sunny days and beautiful beaches. This is what we where after.....
Otamure Bay
And this is what we found. Come with me and I'll show you some of the best places to visit.....

Our holiday started off with quite a beachy theme to it, and it stayed hot and the beaches were all sun-drenched the whole holiday. We couldn't believe our luck.
We started our paddling at Lake Taupo and were surprised by just how warm the water was, it's usually very cold.
Lake Taupo
Then after the wedding at Whatipu Beach, we drove north to Owera where we stayed for a night. It's a long stretch of open beach and well used as it's very close to Auckland.
Orewa Beach
Then we found Otamure Bay. It's about 40kms north of Whangarei past Whananaki North on the East Coast.
We stayed in the DOC (Department of Conservation) run camp ground, which had running water on tap, cold showers and long-drop toilets. There was a motor camp at Whananaki North, but the DOC camp was so much nicer. They charged $8 per night which we considered a pretty good rate.
We set up our little tent, and Mr M&M got right down to business of catching up on all the news of the world.
The beautiful little bay is typical of beaches in Northland. It was a stunner, with a lovely sandy beach and was very safe to swim at.
Otamure Beach at low tide
 When the tide was right out, you could dig for pipis in the sand, but you needed to wade out into the sea until you were about thigh deep. Some of the campers were collecting them to eat. At high tide the fish come in and feed from the pipi beds. Some of the campers were fishing at night off the beach and catching snapper. 
Tauwhara Bay
What amazes me with Northland beaches, is that around every rocky outcrop, there is another little bay almost exactly the same. I climbed over the rocks at the south end of Otamure to find this little bay with 2 small baches on it. The baches along the beaches are usually only used during the summer months as a place to holiday. Sometimes you can find them on websites like Book a Batch.
And this little bay was just over the hill for Whananaki. It was a privately owned farm but the farmer let people camp by the beach, for a small fee.
We camped at Otamure Bay for the whole time, and spent our days walking along the beach, climbing over the rocks, and swimming. Early each morning there was a lot of seaweed washed up on the beach in a range of pretty colours.

Then  one night we had a wee duck visit our tent, asking for bread.
How could you say no? He came early every morning and each evening for a piece of bread, much to the disgust of the seagulls who were ever watchful and ever hopeful.
 And last things each night we went for a stroll down the beach, chatted to the men who were chancing their luck with a fishing rod, and enjoyed the moonlight.
Are you still with me?
I'll be back soon with some more beautiful beaches.

Carole x


Jenxo said...

oh Carole, what a magical holiday, im drooling...its not often that the weather stays lovely down at the beach :)

carole blogger have changed the word verification to two words and they are really hard to read...this is my third attempt as i think i can read it....tivenp fact

Tatkis said...

Thanks for the photos - great vacation! :)


Joanna said...

Beautiful photographs, what a stunning place.

Jennifer said...

Lovely pics.....nearly as good as being there in person!

Janelle said...

I love your pictures, so many lovely spots to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love summer and the beach!
When the children were young we camped on a coastal farm near Whanaki North and had the best time!!
Happy rest of summer!


Julie said...

How heavenly! The beaches are beautiful and their names are so magical!

Linda said...

Soooo pretty.... I can't believe how barren the beaches look for this time of year down there. Is everyone at work? Love the duck...and your seaweed is beautiful! Our seaweed is all green. How funny!

and why has blogger done this to our verification words?

Nathalie Thompson said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. That seaweed is amazing (the colors!) Your moonlight photo is my new favorite. What an incredible time you had!

Sandie said...

Lovely and worht waiting for!

Sandie xx

~*~Patty S said...

I can see why you didn't want your holidays to end!

lovely photos and your seaweed is like none I have ever seen...SO very colorful!


Marva said...

Oh Carole, what beautiful photos! Your beaches are gorgeous and a lot less crowded than ours! I'll be right down!

Evita Kristapsone said...

Wonderful post! Great to read your experience - have been there at the end of October 2012, have the same wow moments regarding those small bays around the corner.. beautiful!!