Coming home from Matakana last Thursday I decided the day was too lovely to waste coping with all the traffic on the highway, so I came home 'over the hill' to Leigh and then carried on the long way home coming via Mangawhai and Langs Beach.
Mangawhai was in sparkling form making it easy to understand the 'Magical Mangawhai' marketing. All was quiet down by the estuary. The tide was running out and the late afternoon lengthening shadows reaching out over the sand. Although it was school holiday time, the holiday makers had mostly gone for the day.
Around near the parking lot at the surf beach, there was a stiff breeze so I didn't linger on any of the seats to enjoy the view, either down the estuary or along the beach.
I hoped to get to Langs Cove before the sun was lost for the day.