Duder Regional Park

Going out for a drive on a day off is something I enjoy. I've lived in Auckland a good portion of my life, but there are still new parts that I am discovering. Duder Regional Park is one of them. It's located near Maraetai, and has some good walking tracks through an operating farm.

 
 

Rotorua

Some scenes from a walk around Rotorua on a layover.

An Afternoon at Muriwai Beach

With the career I have, stat days off work at not a given. I worked Easter Friday and Monday, but I was fortunate to have Saturday and Sunday off. The weather was rain showers on and off, but the sun shone through later in the afternoon. Muriwai was busy at first, and there were a lot more gannets than I expected for mid April, but as the sun sunk lower toward the horizon, the crowds dissipated and some nice scenes were to be seen.

Bethell's Beach

When I was younger, I used to go out to Bethell's Beach with my mum, to take the dogs for a walk. We had two golden retrievers, and they loved being at the beach. The southern end of the beach has a cave, which is accessible at low tide. This cave is home to many birds overnight, you can see from the colour of the rocks! This weekend I revisited the beach with my wife, and we walked down to the cave. It was a nice pleasant evening, with a reasonable breeze blowing. The tide was low, so there was plenty of space to walk on. The outgoing water left wet patches on the beach, great for reflections of the surrounding cliff faces.