Yesterday's pounding rain ushered in a sun-drenched morning. Way past time for a beach walk. In the first part of the pan in the distance you can see Farewell Spit, northernmost point on NZ's South Island (trouble viewing click here).
This is the Tukurua Beach our campground borders, and while mostly sandy the tide brings in rocks, a few shells, driftwood, and giant trees. High tide.
Blooming beach plant, a succulent I'd guess.
View from the caravan window, sans rain
After a little conversation with the woman who runs the camp, we hit the road for Collingwood (population 235), about halfway up the Golden Bay arc and at one time considered for the county's capital.
"Farewell spit" by primarily: en:wikipedia; secondary NASA WorldWind. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Farewell_spit.jpg#/media/File:Farewell_spit.jpg
Golden Bay abounds with artists--potters, painters, fish plate makers.
Here's The Courthouse Cafe, formerly the Collingwood Courthouse, built 100+ years ago. Gold was discovered nearby in the 1850s, and Collingwood turned into a thriving port town.
This picnic table is big enough for everyone--where are you all?
The Queen of Flat Whites is feeling a bit peckish.
Rising in the distance, Kahurangi National Park, home to the Heaphy Track, one of NZ's Great Walks.
We visited Collingwood's tiny museum and were immediately thrust into the past. This book title says it all.
We decided to try to find a house Art saw listed for sale. The drive took us through some gorgeous country.
After locating the place north of Collingwood near Pakawau, we drove to a beach access nearby. And found an entirely different beach, as though the 15k from our campsite beach were 150k. This one was encrusted with small shells and elegant sea creatures.
Not hard to find from the beach--there's a sign here too. Someone's home. Should we approach or shouldn't we? Five minutes of conversation and we decided why not. "We sold it yesterday," the woman of the house told us happily.
Back at our place, cocktail time. I'm happier than I look.
Full moon in Pisces tonight