Hiking Group


Some of us ended up walking for two hours after our lunch and ending up back at where we had eaten lunch. It shows how easy it is to get lost in this ever-shifting dune landscape. It is a truly beautiful place to walk.

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Looking to the west coast from the dunes

Looking to the west coast from the dunes

So many interesting eroded formations.

So many interesting eroded formations.

 

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Remnants of the old forest.

Remnants of the old forest.

 

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puketi 010 puketi 011Primrose was kind enough to guide us on a walk in a section of Puketi Forest that a group she belongs to, Puketi Forest Trust, pays particular attention to. The efforts of this group of dedicated volunteers has led to the reintroduction of North Island Robins and, more recently, Kokako. There is a stunning kauri grove and we were treated to a delightful conversation with Robins.

Mealworms are used to attract Robins

Mealworms are used to attract Robins

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Getting to the forest

Getting to the forest

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Just one of many kauri

Just one of many kauri

 

In search of the elusive robin

In search of the elusive robin

 

 

More kauri

More kauri

 

An intriguing kind of fungus

An intriguing kind of fungus

 

The forest

The forest

 

Life on a tree

Life on a tree

 

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

 

 

 

 

 

I love the walk on the DOC-managed reserve at Mahinepua, a peninsula of regenerating bush separating the gentle beaches of Te Ngaire and others looking out to the Cavalli Islands from the somewhat wilder entrance to the Whangaroa Harbour. Check out the photo of the mistletoe and the Dragon’s Wheel, an unusual rock formation on a rocky beach.

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The wilder side!

The wilder side!

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

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“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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Our transport for the day.

Our transport for the day.

Dramatic cliffs dominated the seaward side of the island.

Dramatic cliffs dominated the seaward side of the island.

On the first day of May our hiking group did something rather special. We hired a boat to take us to Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands. This is the largest of a group of islands that are part of a worthy and ambitious project to restore native flora and fauna, in particular native birds, to the Bay of Islands. Tree planting and pest eradication have been underway for some years. We heard the song of tuis almost every moment we were on the island and were often accompanied by fantails. The pateke or brown teal is an endangered small, brown and quite beautiful native duck. There were a few on a pond that we visited. You’ll see photos below of the ducks and of concerned bird lovers that we met who were tracking the ducks.

Urupukapuka (island of many pukas, a native tree whose large leaves were used as paper by early European visitors) is a delightful place to visit. There are a couple of shore-side DOC camps, easy, well-maintained tracks, regenerating bush, grassy areas and historic pas. It is well worth the effort to get there.

Arrival

Arrival

Calm, protected beaches were found on the leeward side of the island.

Calm, protected beaches were found on the leeward side of the island.

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A beautiful brown teal or Pateke

A beautiful brown teal or Pateke

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The spectacular view from the lookout on Roberton Island, an excursion we made on the return boat trip.

The spectacular view from the lookout on Roberton Island, an excursion we made on the return boat trip.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

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