While in New Zealand we had five days away 'up north'. We stayed a couple of nights in Whangarei with Mum's friend. She took us to Pataua Bay - at last the beach!
Pataua has a 'North and a South' Beaches and one is really quiet as it is in a cove, and the other a bit more rugged. We parked at the first and had a little walk round before walking across the bridge to the other.
Mum also has a friend who is fortunate enough to live her, only metres from the beach, but sadly she was at work so we couldn't visit.
The beach at Pataua North has lots of shells on it!
Yeah, I just love the beach!
How funny to see flowers growing in the sand.
Bright sunshiny yellow!
Across the bridge to Pataua South - it is quite long.
Later on in the afternoon there were a group of school children having great fun jumping off this bridge. I wanted to have a go as well, but Mum wouldn't let me....she muttered something about hair and loss....can't think what she was talking about.
This is the view from the bridge - it was quite a cloudy day unfortunately - pretty much the only one we had the entire time we were in New Zealand - and it rained later in the afternoon.
Now we are at the other bay, Pataua South - more exposed and rugged and the waves crashing in on the beach - a good surfing beach.
I don't know why Mum's two friends kept yelling something about the waves and being careful?
I turn round to see what all the fuss was about.
Wah hey! Here they come. Exciting!
Of course there is always some great drift wood to climb and survey the surroundings on.
A little later we walk back round the bay a different way to that which we came. I find this old engine in the sand.
More drift wood to climb!
This one gave a great view.
I think this sums it up quite nicely!