Okay, so maybe it wasn’t quite a roar, but rather a small sigh of accomplishment as Erika and I hauled ourselves up and over the last of the 20-foot rock face, using the chain handholds that we were advised at the start of the hike, would be there.
The view at the top was well worth the 750-meter continuous up-hill hike, called the Duke’s Nose Track. Unfortunately, the track ended there, and so our idea of walking another hour to a shop in Totara North came to naught. So, it was back down the hill to where we left the dinghy in Lake Cove, which is located in Rere Bay – Whangaroa Harbour.
Of all the anchorages that we have stayed in, this one is hands down the most beautiful, even more so than anything we saw in the Bay of Islands. For me, there is an element of the South African bush here, something that I miss more than I realize.
It was with great anticipation that I set out with Erika this morning for an exploratory paddle in the kayak. The still water and lack of wind made for an easy paddle as we drifted in and out of various inlets and coves.
There hasn’t been quite the plethora of wildlife that I had expected to see in New Zealand, but what we have seen, from birds such as Seagulls, Herons, Black-footed Boobies, Variable Oyster Catchers, Gannets, Shags (Comorants), to the Fairy Penguin, Sun Fish, flying fish and dolphins, always makes me smile and gives the soul an enormous boost!