Don’t Wait for the Weather


Phil and I took a drive on Sunday to Mangonui to share salt and pepper calamari and a piece of blue cod with chips.

The weather was dodgy (we’d driven through rain and low-lying cloud on the way up) but we decided to walk from the fish and chip shop to Rangikapiti Pa.  Phil had never been and I was keen to show him ever since Barb and I had visited a few months ago.

Half an hour later, a little puffed but warm and dry, we arrived at the top. It was worth the effort.





RangikapitiPa (9)The trig station, listing lines of latitude and longitude plus height above sea level.

RangikapitiPa (2)The view towards Mangonui township and harbour.

RangikapitiPa (5)Out to sea we could see boats returning from early morning fishing trips and a group of yachts heading out for a race.

RangikapitiPa (7)In the distance is the Karikari Peninsula which includes Tokerau Beach, Whatuwhiwhi and Matai Bay where we camp in the summer.  You can just make out Mt. Camel to the right.

RangikapitiPa (4)Coopers Beach at high tide.  We’ll have to save that walk for another day.

RangikapitiPa (11)Our selfies seem to work better using Phil’s long arms!


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