Monday, February 20, 2012

Last of the beach pics

Pakiri Beach
If you are thinking to yourselves that I'm drawing these beach visits out, you're right. Since we've been home again we've had terrible weather. Today it rained and the mornings are becoming darker. So I'm living the long hot sunny days as long as I can!

This next beach was one we stopped at on our way home. It's called Pakiri Beach, and it's a long open beach approximately an hour north of Auckland. During the summer holiday period (Jan) it is packed with holiday makers.
I was excited to be presented with a new pathway when I got out of the car. What is it with all these paths? lol It was too irresistible not to follow.
Pakiri Beach
Are you over beaches yet?
Goat Island
Well we then headed further south, following the coast back towards the city of Auckland, and stopped at Goat Island. A large portion of the sea around Goat Island is a protected marine reserve and hundreds of visitors come here every year to dive and snorkel in the waters around the island. There are even glass bottomed boats if you don't want to get wet.
If you enlarge this pic you may just be able to see some heads bobbing about in the water.
And then, guess what I found - yep another path! I'm beginning to wonder if all these paths have a meaning?
But, it was back in the car and we continued on our way home.
And then we arrived back in the city of Auckland. We joined the lanes of traffic heading into the city.
And as we drove over the Auckland Harbour Bridge I felt quite proud to see our flags flying from the top of the bridge.
Auckland Harbour Bridge
And there is the city!
Auckland City
Sky Tower - Auckland City
So no more beaches now for a while.
I'm going to miss them.
Hope you've enjoyed them too.

Carole x


Annette said...

I'll happily view the beaches and follow the paths any day. Love the sea.....

Jennifer said...

I have enjoyed them very much, thank you!

Linda said...

Yes, I've loved seeing them!!! And I love pictures of paths...there's nothing better than a great path!

margaret said...

Beaches are like shoes I think, you can never have emough of them! Fab pics!

Julie said...

I could never be over beaches, especially with such white sands. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures :-)

Raewyn said...

I've just read all your holiday posts - fantastic - you found no shortage of beaches in the end! Lovely photos - and lots of paths....

Catherine Parkinson said...

Love these photos. We didn't get much of a holiday in the sun this year either. The few days we have got have been so precious just like yours.

Tatkis said...

Thanks for the beach photos again - I love to look at sun and sand when it's 4 rainy days in a row :)


Janelle said...

I have really enjoyed seeing your lovely beach pictures. You really make me want to visit your part of the world.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Love your Summer beach images Carole!
I'm stumped tho - I don't recall the one of the car going through a little tunnel - where is this??