Sunday, 16 June 2019

Winter in Ahipara Bay




We were up in Ahipara Bay last weekend. It's a small beachside settlement about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Kerikeri just past Kaitaia.  Rather a chilly windy Winter's day but it was still good to get out in the fresh air. I have a thing for driftwood, I like seeing all the different shapes and patterns made by nature and the ocean on the wood.




The tide was going out and this particular coastline is at the southern part of 90 Mile beach so you can pretty much drive your car or quad along the sand.




We had the other B's work 4 wheel drive so there was no way we could get stuck. Quite a few people here and there walking their dogs and sitting on the sand with their children.




Ahi means "fire" and para means "fern" - it's translate as "fire at which fern was cooked". Before the 18th century this place was named "Wharo" which means "stretched out" and considering the length of the beach I would agree with that.

12 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love this post, I used to love walking on the beach in the winter when I lived in south Texas, close to the Gulf of Mexico.

gz said...

good names...and a beautiful beach

local alien said...

Just love that piece of driftwood. My mother used to collect and polish small pieces from the beach. Some wonderful shapes

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am sure it is convenient to drive along the beach but I shudder to think what it does to that whole ecosystem just below the surface.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh that is quite something that piece of driftwood Amy, nature's sculpture 💛 I love the beach in winter, probably more than in summer ✨

Maria Rodrigues said...

Beautiful photos, my dog loves to walk in the beach and run in the water.
Maria
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Bill said...

Beautiful beach and a great place to walk. I love driftwood and still have some pieces that I collective at various places here.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a day well spent. I love that driftwood. It looks like a sea serpent.

William Kendall said...

That looks like one big piece of driftwood.

Amy said...

yes thats what it reminded me of too.

Amy said...

They have a speed limit along the beach and when you have a stretch of coastline that is long and flat it's hard to constantly monitor it and tell people they can't drive along it, no one would listen that's why they have set rules instead.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, the driftwood made me think of a sleeping giraffe :) Made me smile.

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