Gina and I are always on the lookout for new places to visit so I thought I would have a look on the Department of Conservation website.
There I came across information on Pukepuke Lagoon, I had never heard of it before and I thought it would be an interesting place to visit. To visit Pukepuke Lagoon you do need an access permit which are available from the DOC office in Palmerston North.
Pukepuke Lagoon is a dune lake and wetland near Tangimoana, on the Manawatu coast. Directions can be found on the link above.
It was a nice sunny day so with permit and cameras in hand, Gina and I set off, it took us about an hour to get there. When we arrived, we parked the car and walked, (we are great walkers) the rest of the way.
The lagoon is a haven for many species of birds, some migratory, while others, including natives, call the lagoon home. Many native plants and freshwater fish can be found there also. We had to enter the lagoon via a gate, which needs to be shut after you enter and exit.
There are pathways and boardwalks all around the lagoon as well as a number of bird hides, which are great for viewing the birds. As it is a wetland you need to stay on the pathways and boardwalks, for your own safety.
We saw a lot of Black swans, Swallows, a few Shags and a Bitten, I also caught a glimpse of a NZ Falcon flying overhead.
It is a very peaceful place and we wished we could have stayed there longer but we had to head home. On the walk back we had an audience, a herd of cows decided they wanted to say hi, they were on the other side of the fence but they were very nosey.
All in all another great day out. It does pay to checkout the DOC website, they have up to date information on places to go, condition of tracks etc. Like with anywhere you go, you must be prepared.