North Island, New Zealand

One Tree Hill, Auckland 

One Tree Hill, Auckland 

North Head, New Zealand
(View Towards Auckland CBD & Rangitoto Island) 

Day #7- Auckland, New Zealand

North Head North Island & One Tree Hill 

Wednesday March 20, 2013

It’s our last day in New Zealand and we’re off to North Head to explore this volcanic cone that was once a military defence forte for the country. The rich arms history here can be traced back to the late 1800’s when the site was earmarked and later built as a official forte during the Russian war scare of 1885. 

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Chenier Plains
Miranda, New Zealand (Firth Of Thames)

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Article: Shell Barrier Beaches

A shell barrier beach is a prograded coastal plain comprisingshell fragments and coarse sand that is moved by longshore drift and carried landwards through swash action to form bars on the foreshore. There are only about 12 of these shell plains in the world. The largest in New Zealand, at Miranda, is the only one in the world still aggrading. The shells are mainly those of cockles or, more properly, little neck clams (Austrovenus stutchburyi) but other molluscs may be present. Shell barrier beaches would once have supported small-leaved shrubs and salt marsh ribbonwood (Plagianthus divaricatus) but these have mostly disappeared.

Article Source: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/factsheets/rare-ecosystems/coastal/shell-barrier-beaches-chenier-plains

Miranda, Fifth Of Thames

Tapapakanga Regional Park 

Roadside Stop
Between Kawa Kawa & Miranda (Near Tapapakanga Regional Park)

Farm House & Forest 
Between Kawa Kawa & Miranda (Near Tapapakanga Regional Park)