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Debbie does...round the world
10th Apr 2018 - Adventures in New Zealand
Exploring the Haast area

Sunny day again - storm, rain, winds weather warnings for the rest of New Zealand but seems to be bypassing me down herein the south. Headed back up State Highway 6 to Ship Creek - about 20mins drive. Recommended by my stepmother as well as the fairly full carpark when I arrived. Toilets here as well as a lookout and a couple of picnic tables as well as the beach itself. Lots of people seeming to head for the beach and taking photos and not do the easy walks - they missed out on a glorious slice of the south. A great place to stop for an hour and a half to do both walks and to have a packed lunch with two great walks particularly for the novice or unfit. 

Dune Lake walk to begin with - easy walk initially by the beach and then into native bush and via a lake and lookout - loop track as well. Anyone can do this - undulating but easy for all. Then onto the Kahikatea Swamp walk - going underneath the bridge inland and quite different tothe Dune Lake walk - this was flat and an easy 20mins - robust wheelchair would easily get around if it hadnt been raining too much - some board walk as well - also a loop. 

Back down the State Highway to the Haast Vistors centre - great displays here and well worth a look. Spied Shaun Barnett's Day Walks in NZ book which I had and lent to whom I no longer remember and has never been given back so decided a wee treat was in order and brought it again.

Then back to Haast Beach for a long wander - only person there apart form the motel owner and her horse way off in the distance. The type of beach you could wander along for a very long time. Loved the birds and took many photos trying to get close but not scaring them off - deleted about 30 photos lol. Back to the unit and made stay chicken stirfry for dinner and watched some of the Commonwelath Games - another lovely day.



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Diary Photos

Ship Creek

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Dune Lake Walk

Ship Creek - Kahikatea Swamp walk

Ship Creek - Kahikatea Swamp walk

Ship Creek - Kahikatea Swamp walk

Ship Creek - Kahikatea Swamp walk

Ship Creek

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach

Haast Beach


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