Waimarama Beach Walk, Friday 19 April, 2019
It was a perfect day for a beach walk, with no wind and a clear blue sky. The eight doing this walk got started before 8am from the southern end of Waimarama beach. The tide was out far enough until we reached the second rocky outcrop. Then we headed for the hills, following nothing but goat tracks.We had good views from up on the tops until we were forced into a pine plantation. It was here we stumbled across a sizeable goat herd which took off, leaving some of their young who bleated out for their mums.
It was taking a while to find a way down and some were wondering if this was a beach walk. But after following a forestry road and then some more pine-walking, we came out in the open where we could see a slip that gave us a way back down to the beach. Once there, we were walking though some very interesting rocks. They were a variety of colours and shapes – patterned and plain – but the most impressive were the round ones, large and small.We did get to walk on some sand, from one bay to the next. At one of them, we stopped for morning tea and to take in the scenery and study the rocks close-up. The only other people we encountered were couple of surfies who must have come overland through the farm. We reached the causeway at Red Island around 11am so after a stroll to the island and a wee climb for some, we had lunch with the island as our view. Heading back the way we had come, this time there was no need to climb the cliffs. The tide was further out, which was just as well as some of us picked up a few round souvenirs.
After a quick change and snack, we were back on the road round 2.30.
Trampers: John Russell, John Bennett, Shona, Pauline, Deborah, Craig, Doug and reporter Marie