Wild, Wild World – Part 3

We’re only have way up Ninety Mile Beach. There are a few access points into the beach, but most people see it by 4WD. Which means that you have to know what you’re doing or your car can sink into the quicksand.

The Bluff

We stopped at The Bluff, a bombara where we spotted a few fishermen trying to salvage a catch out of the surf.

A catch

More accessible were the mounds of shells. Like middens in Australia, looks like the local Maoris have been using this place for a long while.


Wild, Wild World – Part 1

I’m starting a series of posts that revisit the northern most point of New Zealand. This is made of the expansive Ninety Mile Beach (which is actually only 55 miles long), accumulating in the impressive Cape Reinga.

We’ll start at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, at a town called Ahipara. This is a bit of a surfies hangout because of the good waves rolling in off the Tasman Sea.

Ninety Mile Beach

Sunset is a good time to explore the nearby rock platform.

Rock study

Water Temple – Part 1

It’s been a bit warm this week, and that made me think of the tropics. It’s also been a little while since I’ve done a retrospective on Bali, so I’m starting with a series of posts on a place called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. It’s one of the most famous Hindu temples on the island (and there are certainly many), and is unique because it’s on the water.

We enter via the manicured gardens that surrounds the temple.

The gardens of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan