Friday, September 2, 2016

New Zealand Part 2

This afternoon we went for a walk around Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano near Tauranga. It is a wonderful undulating track around the base of the Mount going from the harbour to the surf beach
We started walking at Pilot Bay, the harbour side

heading around  to the entrance where the ships and boats come through...I love these old pohutukawa trees....otherwise known as NZ christmas trees as they have red flowers in the spring summer time

Looking out to the ocean past Matakana Island on the left

around on the ocean side we saw a seal...his name is Oscar and he is a south island fur seal, who comes to the Mount for the winter, he looks like a floating log in the centre of the picture

Heading back around towards the surf beach now

looking down through the pohutukawa trees at the surf beach, I spent many happy hours here as a teenager. I met a lovely couple walking along the track, she had been married and lived in Brisbane for 20 years, he had been married and lived at the Mount, both their partners died about the same time, the he went to Brisbane three years ago and  brought her home he told me. They are both very happy together. Was a lovely story I thought.


I am said...

Beautiful pics Sue and yes i love that story too,very romantic xx

Raewyn said...

The Mount was the place of many childhood holidays for us. Lovely to see the photos from your walk up there.

retdairyqueen said...

Looks lovely
This time next week I will be on my way xx