16 March 2018, Friday.
We set off a little late and headed to Westfield Mall for breakfast and shopping. Arriving at Westfield…
A very large complex carrying all the major outlet – Kmart, Farmers, New World and numerous smaller stores.
We had breakfast at Muffin Break. The muffin choices are plentiful and all looked tasty.
Cheerful creatures smiling at us after we were done with our coffee…
We spotted a famous but rare Car Brand doing promotion inside the mall…
This is how the car look like… futuristic look. A design first seen in the Movie “Back to the Future”
Check on the engine…. It has no engine.
Trying out Tesla…
Our Picture with Tesla
Shopping consume too much energy. Replenished at Paper Moon.
Specialty Tea before arrival of Main Course
Food presentation is good and very tasty.
After lunch, it was leisure driving to Muriwai Beach. Arriving at the car park…
…. Infinity beach merging with horizon.
After the wave roll out, a thin layer of water remain on the beach…. giving it a perfect reflective surface.
It was as if walking on mirror….Superb view.
Picture at the beach before tracking on….to the headland and Gannet Colony in the background of this picture.
Rocky headland besides the beach.
Crossing a gap between two land masses.
Pondering if the gap between the land mass – Was this separated by erosion or by earthquake…. I choose to believe it was earthquake. (Rock protrusion on the left matches with Rock cut on the right)
To the headland
At the far end of the headland.
On the rocky headland…. There are hundreds of shallow dimples on the rocky surface.
and the blackish stuff….
It was not easy walking with the so many water filled rock dimples.
There are a lot of sea birds around.
More sea birds along the rocky Coast
Quietly approaching the birds…
Successful shot !
Natural reactions of Birds when getting too close to them…
Our pictures on the rocky coast.
Splashing wave below us….
Video clip of coastal view and splashing wave.
Rugged cliff wall.
Zoom in….complicated rock formation
Picture below the cliff…
Birds taking off from top of cliff.
We could see Gannet Colony Lookout Platform on top of the cliff.
Birds soaring from the lookout platform
And Motutara Island just off the coast…
Video of birds flying around the island…
Took a 360 deg Video Clip…
On my way to Gannet Colony Viewing Platform, while my wife stayed around to take more pictures.
Vegetation along the way – is this poppy ?
At the Viewing Platform
And a good View of Motutara Island.
The headland and the vast Ocean…a tiny woman waving at me….
A short video clip of the rocky water front.
My wife making her way up…
Pictures of Gannet Colony.
Gannet landing….similar to aircraft !
A young gannet
As gannet aged, they shed the dark feather and become lovely snow white…
Looked afar… Muriwai Beach sparkle under the afternoon sun.
On our way to the beach…
We love the reflective mirror…..reflective pictures on the beach.
Learning to take off…..
Enough of Jump Shots…. it was time to Leave the lovely Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony. It was a long drive amid heavy traffic while on our way to Mission Bay.
1830 hrs @ Mission Bay.
A long night of catching up with relative who live in Auckland…
Enjoying flies while adults were talking away.
And it was time to say good bye….
End of Day 7 : Good shopping and a wonderful day at Muriwai Beach and wonderful time catching up with relative.
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