We wanted to get going early as it was another beautiful day , so we may have been in a bit of a hurry I suppose, but that’s really no excuse. Mike made sarnies, the picnic was packed, and we’d written the route down to key into the Satnav. In the car, ready to go and we’d left the route in the flat. Decided we could manage without, but it wasn’t till we arrived and started putting our boots on that we realised the rucksack containing lunch was nowhere to be seen. So we’d left that behind too, and quickly realised we didn’t have the camera either. Couldn’t believe how daft we’d been.
|Strange honey comb rocks on the way to start of the climb|
|From the cliff tops looking through the Nikau palms, back the way we'd come|
|Looking straight down from the path, with beautiful clear water below|
|Approaching the arch|
|We pick our way over the rocks|
|Nearly back at the start, looking back the way we'd come|
|Very cool, dank and green, the river below the canopy walkway|
|Walking beside the river towards the Falls|
|Whangarei Falls at Titipunga on the Hatea River|
|Mike on the look-out with Whangarei Harbour behind|
|This is as high as we get|
The rock fingers of the summit are hidden from view unfortunately, but we see a crazy couple making their way up towards them. No ropes or any special equipment; I can hardly bare to watch. From here we can see over to the southern end of the Tutukaka Coast which leads up to the Bay of Islands. We spend quite a while resting in the sunshine and chatting to another English couple who’ve made it up here, then we head back down, which, believe me, is a lot quicker than climbing up. Drive straight back home in less than 3 hours.
|Crazy kiwis trying to get to the top. She's even carrying a handbag up there|