I wouldn't have dallied on my way to visit my daughter had I known she wanted me to go with her for a drive to Whananaki North. Leone is enjoying living back in the north and discovering some places she has never been before. And I love showing her my favourite places.
Whananaki North is probably best known for its long footbridge with its hump in the middle, connecting it to Whananaki South. It's a bit dilapidated at the moment, I hope it's not going to be allowed to fall into disrepair.
Whether the tide is in or out, it's always a restful place offering a variety of activities.
Horse riders in one direction:
Kayakers in the other:
I was taken with this little holiday house, right on the water. I couldn't get close enough for you to read the name on the bouy shaped plaque - Ship Faced Aquaholic.
We carried on onto the dusty, dirt road to Maureeses Bay.
I can't remember the story about the history of Maureeses Bay's. It's something to do with Captain Cook and I can remember thinking it was an interesting story. Not interesting enough for me to remember it apparantly. Anyway, while I was trawling through Google looking for it, I was struck that the great majority of entries were for property for sale or accommodation. The history was nowhere to be found. The only interesting thing I found was nothing to do with the beaches but rather the area's small streams - Northland has over 14,000 source to sea surface water catchments. I thought that was rather a lot for a little over five per cent of the country's total area.