Te Oneroa a Tohe (the long beach of Tohe) really does look to be 90 miles long when you step on to it at a point where it stretches away into the distance both north and south. Apparantly in the days when travel was by horseback an average horse could travel 30 miles in a day before needing a rest. So, because it took 3 days to travel from one end to the other, it was called 90 Mile Beach. They didn't take into account the slower pace of the horses walking in sand - the beach is really 55 miles (88 km) long.
Looking north. That is Chris off in the distance.
It just looks like an endless stretch of sand flanked on one side by the Tasman Sea and sand dunes leading to the Aupouri Forest on the other. But there is plenty to look at. There is the occasional seashell that is different from those we are used to seeing on the east coast. The sea weed is different and the kelp impressive.
The only drift wood is the big stuff left by the last big storm. But some of it has been there long enough for Jayden to find it and leave his mark.
There weren't many birds, just one flock of gulls.
And then there are the little mysteries. There weren't a lot of these things but every now and then there would be a bunch. Some bunches only had three 'things', some had a dozen or more.
Thanks, CJ, for identifying yesterdays kelp eating things. Jumping kelp bugs describes them perfectly. What do you think these are?
For someone seeking a quiet place to ponder the grandeur and beauty of nature there can be no better place, with only the roar of the sea to distract you. The beach was a bit busier at low tide with mussel spat harvesting going on but at high tide there was glorious solitude.
We stayed in a little cabin at Utea Park. There was no power but a gas stove for cooking and plenty of hot water - what more do you need?
When I lifted my head while laying on the bed and reading on Friday afternoon, this is what I saw.
And, at the end of the day as darkness gathered, rather than turning on a light, we sat and watched The Nature Show.
I certainly don't need anything more than that.