Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Rain at last and Autumn Harvest

The rain came. The most significant since December. Enough to make the Californian Quail seek shelter by our front door.

Quail sheltering at our front door
We have also had the best pumpkin harvest ever with more to come.
Organic Squash and Australian Butter Pumpkin cross with whatever.

Monday, 1 April 2013

The Mackerel Forest Track - Te Araroa

Toady we walked the Mackerel Forest Trail from Ngunguru Ford Road to Pataua North Road. This Trail is one small part of the great Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the southern end of the South Island.

Much of the Mackerel Forest Track is through clear felled pine forest. However, the valleyalong the Waitangi River and the Taheke River is quite lovely. Very peaceful and nice and cool on a hot day as it wanders along beside these streams through native bush. There was an abundance of bird life. Especially notable on the trail were fantails, tui and yellowhammers.

Ohuatahi - Pataua North

On Sunday Tahi Honey had an open day as they do every Easter Sunday. This is free for everyone. While we are interested in bees the real attraction here is the hiking the well organised trails over the 700 or so acres of bush, pasture and wetlands that Tahi have developed. It has been made into a wonderful parkland.

The most spectacular walk is up to the top of Ohuatahi, the highest point on the land where one has views of the Pataua Estuary, North up the coast to Ngunguru Bay and South to Whangarei Heads area including the Maro Tiri Islands.

View North from Ohuatahi

View to Pataua