We went for a couple of great walks in Whakanewha Regional Park on Waiheke Island. If you're coming by boat, you anchor in Rocky Bay on the southern side of the island. If you don't have a boat, it is easy enough to take the bus or car to the park. The area was originally occupied by the Maori and you can see the remains of shell middens, storage pits, terraces and the site of a pā on the headland. The Europeans also used the area beginning in the 1850s for trading, boat building and forestry activities. It is a great place to go for a walk and soak up some history, as well as enjoy the native bush, the beach and the views of the Hauraki Gulf.
Rocky Bay was also the location of another one of our dinghy misadventures which you can read about here. All I can say is if you're going to do this walk, make sure you check the tide tables and time everything accordingly. Otherwise, it is a long, long way back to your boat carrying your dinghy.
|Gotcha! Birds don't generally like to sit still and get their pictures taken.|
|This is part of the Cascades waterfall. To be honest, I've seen better waterfalls, but it is pretty little area and you won't be sorry that you visited.|
|And here is what a kumara storage pit looks like. Exciting I know. I'm married to an archaeologist so holes in the ground are really exciting stuff. Or at least that's what Scott tells me.|
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