It's not even a week ago that GB and I were at the Karikari Peninsula and already, when I look at my photos, I'm getting confused about which beach was which.
I'm pretty sure this is Maitai Bay. When you arrive you can either walk to the right and along this beach
or clamber up and over a bit of a hill to this bay. It's rocky at this end but stretches off into the distance, a long sandy beach. I don't know its name.
Nor am I sure about this next beach either. I think it could be Karikari Beach but didn't take a note of the name of the road which lead to it, just drove to see where the road took us. We drove through a large area of burnt tea tree. There was a big bushfire in this area in December 2011, I wondered if we were in that place; thinking surely the tea tree would have recovered by now.
I thought it was a beautiful place, GB didn't like its vibe. Thinking about his reaction, I can recall some places I've visited where I've shuddered and wanted to leave immediately but never a beach. Unless they are crowded, or polluted. If I think long enough I'll talk myself in a full circle.
Next time I visit this area, I'm taking a detailed map. Or it might be a better idea to stop and write down road names - but I'd still need the detailed map to retrace my steps. Google Earth has been a help in identifying today's beaches. This is Tokerau Beach which is 18 km long (just over 11 miles).
And I'm pretty sure this is the same beach accessed by a different road.
That was a lot of "I don't know its name"s. I'm sure Chris or someone else who knows the area will put me right.