This beach is quite remote and is on the west coast of Auckland. The Whatipu area is a scientific reserve. There are many rare and endangered birds, such as dotterels that can be seen nesting in the sand dunes, next to several lakes which are full of unique wetland plants. To the south is the Manukau Harbour and the north Karekare beach.
Cutter Rock is a popular vantage point for fishing during the summer months. The day we visited this area it was simply stunning with very few people and an absolutely pristine natural environment.
We were welcomed to the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society recently.
We wanted to support the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society as they are a conservation watchdog for the Waitakere Ranges and the West Coast.
The Society’s fundamental goals are:
The Winter Garden Complex is stunning at this time of year particularly the Victorian style tropical glasshouses which show off lush tropical and heat-loving plants as well as temperate plants to match the seasons.
Rare and spectacular plants with changing displays can be seen in the two large glasshouses that face out onto an ornate courtyard and a sunken pond.
There is also an amazing diverse collection of New Zealand ferns growing in a dis-used sunken quarry site next to the glass houses. If you are lucky you might see our native bird the Tūī flying amongst the ferns above.
We will be including a visit to the Auckland Domain and Winter Gardens as part of our Mountain to Sea City Short Tour this summer.
Anawhata is a beach on the coast of New Zealand, west of Auckland.
It is one of the least used beaches in the area because there is a long and unsealed road to reach it, and a steep track from there down to the beach.
But once you are there, you will see that the scenery is absolutely stunning.
The lagoon is a great place for a refreshing swim.
Nīkau is the Māori word for palm tree, and the word specifically refers to the palm fronds on the tree.
The nīkau grows up to 15 metres high and produces flowers ranging from lilac to pink between November and April. It is the only palm species endemic to mainland New Zealand. And it is often found in lowland coastal areas such as Piha on Auckland’s West Coast.
There is a sense of primordial beginnings when you walk through a nīkau grove such as this. It truly is stunning.
New Zealand Māori named these birds Tākapu and they were once highly prized for their plumage.
Tākapu are large birds whose powerful wings enable them to soar and glide gracefully around their colonies and over the coastal waters of Muriwai Beach. They are spectacular divers and can plunge into the ocean at high speed to catch fish. The birds lay just one egg, in October or November, in ground nests high on the cliffs of Otakamiro Point. By the fourth month after hatching the young birds leave for their westward migration to eastern Australia and will return to breed after their fourth year.