All posts filed under: Waitakere Ranges

Back at Shane’s house – moving the giant Kauri log

My travels around New Zealand have come full circle – by arriving back at Shane’s house where the whole trip started about five months ago. Before setting out on my next adventure I stayed with Shane and his dog Ruby for a bit, mostly chatting, getting well looked after, crocheting while the wind was howling outside and relaxing. I was just about to pack up my car and leave when Shane asked me for a hand with getting a giant log from the back of his house onto a trailer. When I saw the size of the log I was just smiling and thinking to myself “Never ever!”. But I had underestimated Shane’s clever and creative ideas of getting the log around a corner, through the drive way and up the trailer. It took us three hours of pulling, rolling and levering but Shane was proud as when the log was finally on the trailer (or at least part of it). Looking back at it we had a good laugh about it and after a …

Exploring the Southern tip of the Waitakere Ranges

Saturday was a beautiful day here in Auckland and after having seen much of the Waitakere Ranges on the west coast (can you spot Piha on the map?) it was about time to explore the South Coast of this beautiful Regional Park which is at the same time the coast line of Manukau Harbour. Driving from Hillborough Bay via Titirangi, Cornwallis and Huia all the way out to Whatipu Beach: There were some beautiful lookouts on the way but most impressive was Whatipu – the beach at the very end of the road, known for its windswept dunes, the turbulent Manukau Harbour entrance and the wetlands (which I got to experience in a very wet way). The good tourist I am I got additional information from the Arataki visitor center so I can tell you a bit¬†about the history as well: For 800 years Maori favoured this part of the Ranges because of its rich resources, including shark. (We happened to see a big splash in Huai bay and of course believe it was a …