On my way to join my exercise class for lunch at a small cafe beside Ruakaka Surf Beach (we had already done our exercise) I stopped by a small tidal estuary. It's not usually much to look at but this day at low, low tide I thought it looked quite lovely. I'll have to go back another day when the tide is in by just a little bit more.
After lunch I headed south to Auckland and was in the mood for appreciating life and meandering. I explorer a few side roads which lead towards the Kaipara Harbour. Now I know which roads offer the best view I can do so again on a clearer day.
Sunday was one of those beautiful clear days we get in March. The heat has gone out of the sun but it's still shining strongly. On my way to the Fish Fry at Waipu Cove I called in to the Waipu River mouth down Hamon Road, always a favourite spot.
It was high tide at Waipu Cover but still plenty of room on the beach.
Heading home I turned off down Johnston Point Road to have a look at the Waipu River Estuary, a refuge which is the nesting area for New Zealand dotterel, variable oyster catcher and New Zealand fairy tern. The birds were all elsewhere.