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Staying Local

Saturday 14th November 2015

sunny 17 °C

We have had quite a relaxed day today, staying local and just doing a bit of walking. Breakfast was a late and leisurely affair made out of the food provided by Emma. We spent the morning checking out the finances (we try and do this once a week to make sure we aren't blowing the budget) and making decisions about potential activities during our last couple of weeks in New Zealand. We then intended to go for a walk to a place called Tunnel Beach which is about a mile up the road from where we are staying. So that we didn't have to walk all the way there on the fairly busy road we took Emma's advice and took the car as far as the car park. Just as we got out of the car a woman approached me and said that we should be careful as her daughter had just come back to her car to find that the window had been smashed and the purse that she had inadvertently left on the seat stolen. We had a bit of a discussion about this and Nigel didn't feel that comfortable parking there after what we had been told. There were also a couple of young guys parked next to us that he was a bit concerned about.

In the end we postponed our walk and went and got some food shopping. We then went back to the cottage for lunch intending to go for the walk later. Just as we got back, Emma had arrived to top up our breakfast supplies. We explained to her what had happened and she very kindly offered to drive us back to the carpark once we had eaten our lunch. Once we had finished eating we went back to the main house and Emma was true to her word and drove us the mile up the steep hill to Tunnel Beach car park. The walk was clearly very popular as there lots of other people around. The clearly marked footpath started to go steeply down hill almost straightaway and some stretches were very steep. I could understand why it was considered to be a hours return walk despite only taking about 20 minutes to get down. There were views of the coast and the natural arch for most of the way down.


Once we got to the bottom of the footpath we turned left and went down a further 60 or 70 steps through a tunnel carved out of the cliffs. This, rather than the arch is what gives the beach its name. It was apparently made by a previous land owner who made the tunnel so that his daughter could get onto the beach that would otherwise have been inaccessible. We stopped there for a short while and watched the waves crashing on the beach, but the tide was coming in and so after a while we had to retreat to the safety of the steps.


We then walked out onto the headland. The shapes and colours of the rock reminded me a bit of those on Kangaroo Island in Australia, worn smooth by wind and the erosion of the sea. The cliffs there are pretty high and gave me a bit of vertigo if I got too close.


It was a beautiful spot but after a while we agreed that we ought to make our way back. I knew it would be a very steep climb as when we were going down I had seem many people younger and fitter than me huffing and puffing as they went back up. We just took it quite slowly and had a few stops on the way and in the end we hadn't taken any more walking time than the signs had suggested. We stopped for a little while near the top for one last look back at the coastline before starting to make the much less exciting walk back along Tunnel Beach road and then the additional kilometre or so down the straight but hilly road back to our cottage. By the time we got back it was early evening and so we just relaxed then, had a meal and watched a video, resting our slightly achy legs.

Posted by Gill's Travels 12:22 Archived in New Zealand

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