Hello again family and friends! Last weekend was Queens Birthday weekend and the weather was glorious once more so we packed our trusty picnic bag and set off north west of Auckland to the Kaipara Harbour.
The drive through lovely farmland and forest areas was lovely and we got to Shelly Beach in 45 minutes or so.
The public domain at Shelley beach was surprisingly very busy, with lots of boat trailers and people getting their boats in and out of the water. It was quite entertaining listening to the chaps talking about their luck that day. The cafe was also quite popular and I noticed that they served fresh fish and chips - might have to forget the picnic next time!!!
After a walk down the long wharf, chatting with the kids fishing there, we had a short walk to the end of the beach - we didn't get very far as the tide was high. Its a lovely spot though for a relaxing day in the sun with plenty of people watching on offer. There is a small area for overnight parking of campervans and seemed to be a popular thing to do as it was full of visitors.
When travelling to Shelley Beach there are many different activities for young and old to do - we passed Woodhill State Forest and noticed signs for mountain biking trails and Tree Adventures, you can find info here www.treeadventures.co.nz. There are also mineral springs at Parakai www.parakaisprings.co.nz This pool has hydroslides pools for families as well as quieter ones inside for those that just wish to relax. We also noticed the airfield which seems to be a popular spot for skydiving groups www.parakaiairfield.co.nz and if we'd been adventurous it would have been the perfect day for it - lovely and clear!
And on the way home you can always stop at the many vineyards out in West Auckland and have a tasting session or two. One of our favourites is Westbrook Winery
www.westbrook.co.nz. We have spent many happy times here and it is a lovely place to end another busy day out in Auckland - all not far from Havenhomestay.