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Oakura and the black sand beach

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

On our way through, we stopped for the night on the black sands beach of Oakura, again on the recommendation of Paul on his brilliant road trip itinerary. Whilst the weather was not great, the black sand was still really warm, so as the rest sheltered from wind, I tramped up the beach to see the slowly decaying hull of HMS Garlock, managing to get out on the low tide to see the original boilers before scuttling across the crab infested boulders to the safety of the beach.


the black sands - some readers will recognise the place

the black sand tastes just as good as the white stuff

the shells we found just like on Fuerteventura

We also found some beautiful white shells, the only other place we have ever seen these shells is on the volcanic sands of Fuerteventura. Almost precisely the other side of the world – bonkers.
Oakura is a nice and pretty remote quiet sort of place, an impression probably strengthened by our trip the following day down Route 43 – The Forgotten Highway.

the old boilers at low tide

the old ship decaying into the Tasman Sea - won't be here for ever.


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  1. Bambula Indijana xxx and kiwi Pauli
    December 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Hmmm, looks like you are having way too much fun, travelers!
    FUN…Well deserved, of course.
    Well, we are on our day 2 of the house demolition/ renovation.So far I am impressed! Walls – interior- are falling down like domino. lets just keep their tempo….

    Love your photos from Able Tasman…memories…I love it there and the pancake rocks too…
    Shame that you are going to miss Anna.
    When are you heading to Oz?
    Big hug
    Jana and Paul

    • December 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      miss Anna??????? Where is she – she never tells me anything!!!!!

      Glad the house is going well at last – it is amazing how quickly they can knock things down – it is just as amazing to see how long things take to get built! Good luck with it.

      We are now working our way down the Queensland Coast and we are slowly melting! Yesterday it was 36 deg and 75% humidity, a bit different to NZ weather. Off for a walk up Mission Beach now (sea is out of bounds due to box jellyfish and saltwater crocs in the water) and then off to Brisbane and the surfing coast to get some surfing lessons!!!

      Love to you all, thanks again to Paul for the brilliant route plan, we did miss a lot of the south island, the good thing is that we will have to go there again! Take Care,


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