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A carpet of agapanthus cover a hill at Whangaumu overlooking the village and sandpit of Ngunguru on the Tutukaka Coast in Northland, New Zealand

DSCF8377adb1 .......Ngunguru

  

Ngunguru, New Zealand

DSCF8349adb1......... Ngunguru river

 

DSCF8275adb1 ........sunrise thru the flax at the Ngunguru-Tutukaka lookout

Ngunguru, Tutukaka Coast, Northland, New Zealand

This photo was taken on Christmas day 25-12-2016

 

Whangarei Falls

 

Whangarei Falls is located in Whangarei Scenic Reserve. The classic curtain waterfall is part of the Hatea River and one of the most popular swimming spot in the area. Easy access and a well-maintained Scenic Reserve make this waterfall one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

 

Spectacular Whangarei Falls is a 26m high waterfall surrounded by park and native New Zealand bush. Follow the brown road signs to the Whangarei Falls – off Ngunguru Road at the NE end of Whangarei. There is plenty of parking, a picnic area and free entry. You can view the waterfall from a choice of 3 platforms above the falls or by walking down a well-maintained gravel track to the bottom.

 

From the Whangarei Falls you can also start longer walks to A H Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway (1 hour return), Mair Park and Mt Parihaka (2 hrs return) or the Town Basin (4 hrs return).

Flotsam at Ngunguru Beach in New Zealand

One at lonesome bay in New Zealand

Morning mist

retreats to shady corners

chased by the sun

  

0711_583Aa Ngunguru

Ficinia spiralis, in Maori Pingao, growing on Sand Spit near Ngunguru in New Zealand

Whangaumu Bay in Northland, New Zealand

Panorama made of 5 pics

Jan and I think this Northland NZ coastal seascape should become a public park. Such land is now too rare for development Wade Doak

keep the birds or not? comments appreciated

 

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This video was taken on Christmas day 25-12-2016

 

Whangarei Falls

 

Whangarei Falls is located in Whangarei Scenic Reserve. The classic curtain waterfall is part of the Hatea River and one of the most popular swimming spot in the area. Easy access and a well-maintained Scenic Reserve make this waterfall one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

 

Spectacular Whangarei Falls is a 26m high waterfall surrounded by park and native New Zealand bush. Follow the brown road signs to the Whangarei Falls – off Ngunguru Road at the NE end of Whangarei. There is plenty of parking, a picnic area and free entry. You can view the waterfall from a choice of 3 platforms above the falls or by walking down a well-maintained gravel track to the bottom.

 

From the Whangarei Falls you can also start longer walks to A H Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway (1 hour return), Mair Park and Mt Parihaka (2 hrs return) or the Town Basin (4 hrs return).

Whangaumu Bay and Sand Spit near Ngunguru in New Zealand

Panorama made of 3 pics

DSCF2759adb2 Guy Fawkes Night - waiting for the sun to set and lighting of the bonfire and fireworks

 

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

 

Motu Kōkako, also known as Piercy Island or "The Hole In The Rock”, is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is at the very northern tip of Rakaumangamanga (Cape Brett) in the Bay of Islands. It is Māori freehold land, which is administered by the Motu Kōkako Ahu Whenua Trust for the benefit of the descendants of the traditional owners.

 

The island is of great cultural significance to the Ngāpuhi iwi, and was historically associated with a range of sacred customary activities. Motu Kōkako was said to be the landing place of the canoe Tūnui-a-rangi before it went to Ngunguru and Whāngārei. It brings to mind the whakataukī 'Te toka tū moana' (the rock standing in the sea). This refers to a person who stands against all adversity, just as a rock resists the power of the sea.

 

It is probably the most important island in the Bay of Islands in conservation terms, being in near pristine condition, with no evidence of introduced animals. A 1987 survey of the island found 99 different types of flora, and noted the presence of two types of petrels and lizards.

 

The island itself was named Piercy Island by Captain Cook in honour of one of the Lords of the Admiralty – it is called Motu Kōkako in the Māori language.

 

The 60-foot (18 m) hole at sea level was created over centuries by wind and waves making it one of the most naturally beautiful sites in New Zealand. Being a popular tourist destination there are a multitude of tours offered and if the waters are calm and the tide is right the jet boats will go right through the hole. There are also helicopter tours to the island.

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