Today I visited Maraetai Beach – a place I used to go to a lot back in the day. It has changed very little in the 20 years since I have been there, although the parking is a little more organised these days and, of course, there are way more houses than ever there was. It seems that NZ has expanded quite rapidly during the past ten years or so. I suppose the same could be said for many places, but it seems particularly obvious in a land where there used to be so much, well, land!
It was a sparkling day, with a bright blue sky, punctuated by fluffy white clouds.
The water shimmered in various shades of turquoise, while across the water, Waiheke Island framed the view with lush greens.
After lunch at the Maraetai Wharf Store, we went for a stroll along the beach.
We saw two wakas, which belonged to the Maketu Marae, which oddly enough is a little bit further south of Raglan, where I was the other day!
They were directly across the road from the Umupuia Marae, so I assume they were visiting for a while.
It was another lovely trip down memory lane/beach. What a privilege it is to be here.