NZ North Island Day 7

16 March 2018, Friday.

We set off a little late and headed to Westfield Mall for breakfast and shopping. Arriving at Westfield…

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A very large complex carrying all the major outlet – Kmart, Farmers, New World and numerous smaller stores.

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We had breakfast at Muffin Break. The muffin choices are plentiful and all looked tasty.

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Our Breakfast.

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Cheerful creatures smiling at us after we were done with our coffee…

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We spotted a famous but rare Car Brand doing promotion inside the mall…

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This is how the car look like… futuristic look. A design first seen in the Movie “Back to the Future”

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Check on the engine…. It has no engine.

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Trying out Tesla…

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Our Picture with Tesla

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Shopping consume too much energy. Replenished at Paper Moon.

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Specialty Tea before arrival of Main Course

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Food presentation is good and very tasty.

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After lunch, it was leisure driving to Muriwai Beach. Arriving at the car park…

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…. Infinity beach merging with horizon.

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After the wave roll out, a thin layer of water remain on the beach…. giving it a perfect reflective surface.

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It was as if walking on mirror….Superb view.

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Picture at the beach before tracking on….to the headland and Gannet Colony in the background of this picture.

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Rocky headland besides the beach.

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Crossing a gap between two land masses.

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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)

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To the headland

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At the far end of the headland.

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On the rocky headland…. There are hundreds of shallow dimples on the rocky surface.

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and the blackish stuff….

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It was not easy walking with the so many water filled rock dimples.

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There are a lot of sea birds around.

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More sea birds along the rocky Coast

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Quietly approaching the birds…

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Successful shot !

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Natural reactions of Birds when getting too close to them…

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Our pictures on the rocky coast.

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Splashing wave below us….

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Video clip of coastal view and splashing wave.

 

Heading inland…

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Rugged cliff wall.

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Zoom in….complicated rock formation

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Picture below the cliff…

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Birds taking off from top of cliff.

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We could see Gannet Colony Lookout Platform on top of the cliff.

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Birds soaring from the lookout platform

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And Motutara Island just off the coast…

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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.

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Vegetation along the way – is this poppy ?

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At the Viewing Platform

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And a good View of Motutara Island.

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The headland and the vast Ocean…a tiny woman waving at me….

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Zoom in…

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A short video clip of the rocky water front.

 

My wife making her way up…

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Pictures of Gannet Colony.

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zoomed in…

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Gannet landing….similar to aircraft !

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A young gannet

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As gannet aged, they shed the dark feather and become lovely snow white…

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Looked afar… Muriwai Beach sparkle under the afternoon sun.

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On our way to the beach…

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We love the reflective mirror…..reflective pictures on the beach.

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Learning to take off…..

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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.

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A long night of catching up with relative who live in Auckland…

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Enjoying flies while adults were talking away.

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And it was time to say good bye….

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End of Day 7 : Good shopping and a wonderful day at Muriwai Beach and wonderful time catching up with relative.

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