Plimmerton Paradise

After finishing the Taua Tapu Track, Higgs and I had an hour or so to kill before Andy would be picking us up.

First off, back to that view!

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I had to pull out my telephoto lens for some shots of Mana Island and the South Island rising behind.

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I’d seen a path off the road on the way up, and decided we’d see where it went on our way down.

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It turned out really cool, though I’m definitely glad we were going downhill – there were a LOT of steps!

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“Mom! Hurry up!” Everything is easier when you have four legs.

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It felt like a canopy walk, as we descended deeper into the lush green forest.

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There was plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine.

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And the incredible bush surrounding us.

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We emerged onto a residential street, and found a nice park nearby to stop at for lunch. Someone was super keen to try a bit of my pita.

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After slathering on more sunscreen, for the one of us not covered in hair, we were off to the coast.

Ah, sweet relief!

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It’s a little cold for my liking, even in summer, but Swedish doggos feel right at home.

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As always, Higgs got quite a few smiles and laughs from passersby.

I’ve never been this far up the coast in Plimmerton, past the boating club, so it was nice to explore new spots.

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Hard to believe this was a mid-winter day!

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Not to be overlooked, Higgsy hopped right into the frame for some model shots. This must be the Vallhund equivalent of a vacation photo showing someone relaxing in an infinity pool.

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Hongoeka Bay looked beautiful in the sunshine. If we’d had more time, I’d love to continue up the coast to Paekakariki, although I think it’s a really rocky trek.

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The South Island peaks looked almost a stone’s throw away on such a clear day.

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Spotting a pop of red, I jumped at the photo op. Can’t beat a colorful boat on the beach.

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Hongoeka Marae is situated right on the shores of the stunning bay, and I can’t think of a more beautiful spot!

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I decided this was the best spot to turn around so we could head back toward town to meet Andy, even though it was tempting to keep exploring.

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En route back to central Plimmerton, I noticed lots of small beachy touches on the seaside homes. I’d love to have a spot here one day!

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For now, we’re lucky to have all of this only about 20 minutes away.

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I can’t get enough of Norfolk pines – they always look too symmetrical and straight to be real, like the fake telephone pole trees back in the US.

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Both of us took time to appreciate the view. 🙂

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Looking toward Plimmerton and Titahi Bay in the distance, I fit in some final snaps with the wide-angle lens before our trusty steed Gracy rounded the bend.

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Farewell for now, Plimmerton! Thanks for a great sunny day and some awesome hilltop and seaside adventures.

2 thoughts on “Plimmerton Paradise

  1. Pretty perfect place, that Plimmerton! Is Mana a sanctuary, I wonder? Gorgeous shots. Higgs is a total bathing beauty.

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  2. I’m at a loss now for adjectives to describe your photos, New Zealand and Higgs. Just incredible beauty at every turn. You are one lucky woman, and Higgs is one lucky dog.

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