Three of us headed off together yesterday and visited Maketu in the Bay of Plenty (about two hours from here).
The weather was gorgeously sunny and we had great fun exploring the area.
Our first stop was the Kaituna River Mouth.
The tide was full, and the fishermen were out in force (it is a very popular fishing place).
Nearer its source, the Kaituna River is much loved for whitewater rafting and kayaking. It looks a bit more serene at this end!
This view is looking down the coastline towards Maketu village.
Our next stop was beside the Waihi Estuary, a shallow intertidal body of water that provides many diverse habitats for wildlife.
There is a holiday park / camping ground here, as well as several holiday homes.
On the other side of the Estuary we could see the beachside village of Pukehina.
Back over the hill to Maketu village next, and we simply had to stop and enjoy the view below us.
Maketu beach, beside the Surf Club, was not busy although there were several surfers out enjoying the waves.
We visited the local café here and had an appetising lunch while enjoying the sunshine and stunning views out over the water.
At the Maketu Reserve there is an area set aside for Freedom Camping, and beside it there is an Outdoor Gym.
All three of us decided exercise was not needed after our delicious meal – we all felt more inclined to have a short nap!
All in all, it was a most enjoyable day out.