Seeing as we have being have such great weather, Gina & I decided to go to the beach again. This time we decided on Tangimoana Beach and Tawhirihoe Scientific Reserve. The Reserve can be accessed via the beach.
Tangimoana beach like many beaches on this coastline has a sand dune landscape, with driftwood scattered around. To help stop the dunes shifting, spinifex grasses have been planted to slow down dune movement.
The dune conservation program was started in 2007. Apparently, these parabolic dunes are the fastest moving in the country. Gina and I didn’t know anything about this, until I started doing some research on the area.
If you would like to read more about the dune conservation, have a read of ” Volunteers muck in on dune project” written by Emma Goodwin (Evening Standard 2009).
When we arrived there were quite a few people, fishing and walking along the beach. The seagulls were having a great time hovering around, waiting for their next meal.
The people down there were very friendly, everyone we passed on the beach, smiled and said hello. Even when we parked the car, a lady stopped and told us of a quicker way to get down to the beach.
We didn’t venture into the reserve that much because I had to fess up and tell Gina, katipo spiders live and breed around the area. I don’t mind spiders but Gina isn’t a fan of them.
The sea was quite warm, so we threw caution to the wind and took our shoes off, although we didn’t go in for a swim because its really not suitable for swimming.
Great place to hang out though, if you like wide open spaces, walking along the beach and just generally chilling out.
Like always, all too soon we had to head for home.