The start of the Abel Tasman walk. A quick walk at sunset during a break in the pouring rain.
Inspired by reading an article in The Press, we decided it was worth the 90 minute drive from Christchurch. www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/69262577/forgotten-north-canterbury-beach-is-brilliant-at-dawn.html
Napenape was an important place for Māori living in Canterbury, The coast is fringed with spectacular limestone cliffs and the beaches are strewn with limestone boulders.
Click on each of the images to see the full-size photos. And some more photos are at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhgun6N.
Photos © Dianne MacCormick.
I’ve written about Motenau Beach before in a previous post: https://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/penguin-spotting-at-motunau/. This time I took the girls and some friends there. We still didn’t find any penguins, but did find some more penguin nesting boxes and plenty of this bird (click on the photos to see larger photos), which I haven’t figure out exactly what they are yet. It could be a Pied Shag…
Motunau Island (only accessible by DoC staff) is home to 35,000 birds including the white-flippered penguin, fairy prions, white-faced storm petrels, sooty shearwaters,yellow-eyed penguins, oystercatchers, and white-fronted ferns.
Lots of fossils, strange looking rocks, and driftwood like these litter parts of the beach:
There are more photos on my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97210148@N08/sets/72157638426243586/
Magnet Bay is apparently meant to be quite a good surfing beach; there was no surf the day we were there; hence no water photos: http://nzsurfguide.com/surf_breaks/canterbury/magnet-bay
Not far away is Tumbledown bay: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/TiKoukaWhenua/TeKaioBay/