Thank you @Katie for the invitation to post and thank you to those that have shared their highlights and stories since the start of December.
Day 24 - A New Day to Discover Ōhope Beach.....
Here we are, a day before Christmas and as normal we try to avoid the mad rush of the Festive Season. The hectic pace of people in a hurry.
The bustle is re assuring for those shop keepers ,eateries , vacation rentals and in general ‘us the folk’, it adds to the normalacy of Summer vacation and the benefits it brings to our local economy.
Last year we had family visiting that were wanting to share our summer Christmas , it was a celebration of being together.
It is different this year, with international travel restrictions world wide.
So in our little bubble of NZ we too are craving the need to escape our homes, our cities and look for a getaway.
Ōhope Beach is a NZ favourite and a draw card for many visitors to discover each year , it also happens to be where we live.
In anticipation of the new crowds , we go in search of our quiet , our zen to recharge.
Our chosen trail leads through a native reserve that is home to our native Kiwi bird.
It is early morning and we are the only people on this trail, it is a favourite for all those that live by . Our quiet is the bird song that greets us , a whisper of the wind that echoes through these ancient trees or our breathing in tune with our running strides.
It is easy to find our Zen here and feel recharged to face the new crowds.
With tired legs and the statisfaction of feeling refreshed we head home.
The traffic sound can be heard now and as we emerge there are new arrivals , with their cars packed for Summer fun.
From our little part of the globe ,
we wish you all ‘ a fabulous Festive Season, stay safe & stay well !!’
Ōhope Beach , NZ
Thank you @Laura2484 for sharing your beautiful trail with us all. As I read your post and eyed each image, I found my breathing improve and could hear my own breath through those wonderful trees and ferns. May I wish you and yours a wonderful and safe Christmas. X
I am calmer now and happier to start my day.... 🌿
I have to agree with @Cathie19 here - this post is a breath of fresh air @Laura2484! It's really nice to go on this journey with you and see the amazing sights of nature, but also to step back from the madness (and/or frustration this year) of festivities, and take a moment to refocus 🌿
I spotted a stone to the left of the entrance to the reserve - does it have some art etched on it?
You are a lucky person to live near a beautiful beach and with so many beautiful nature and trails around.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful trail and so beautiful photos!
I wish you and yours a wonderful Festive Season.
So lovely to see you step up this year @Laura2484 in Month of Celebration to represent us New Zealand folk.
As you know I thought it was time some others joined in and you have.
Hope you are having plenty of swims in your backyard
Do you know who owned the land where the Kiwis are?
Was it farmland and then gifted to the Queen Elizabeth 2 Trust lands?
Thank you @Helen427 . If you ever make your way to Ōhope Beach be sure to pack your walking shoes also, there are great reserves and trails to explore.
The water temperature is ideal for our daily swims and is enjoyed by many at the moment.
This reserve is unique and due to its terrain isn’t suitable as farmland but part of it was used as the road between Whakatāne and Ōhope in the early 1920s . Originally this whole area was tribal land with many pa sites built along the hills, of which are still very evident today.
Do you have a preferred beach or bay to swim ?
@Laura2484 thank you for this wonderful post, with such beautiful photos of your beautiful NZ. I have traveled all over South Island and been to Auckland, but I have never been to Ohope beach. What an amazing place. Your photos make me feel calm and want to travel at the same time! and more importantly filled me with hope and optimism for 2021! Best to you, Catherine
The South Island is certainly beautiful and worth the visit too @Catherine-Powell . Was there a particular place that just ‘took your breath away?’
Here’s to 2021 and all it entails.✨
All the best.
@Laura2484 we loved all of South Island. Two things stand out still in my memory: one was horse-riding in Glenorchy (where lord of the rings was filmed). Spectacular views. And we swam with the horses which was a first. And the second was the trek we did on the Milford Sound Track. Truly stunning.
I attach a photo i took from the top of the horse!!