Zeitblick / Das Online-Magazin der HillAc - März/April 2007 - Nr. 22


Titahi Bay

New Zealand, North Island, western coastline, Titahi Bay

© HillAc, 2007

Part of the western coastline of the North Island from Titahi Bay. The rise to Mount Cooper is on the right and the inlet behind it goes to Karehana Bay in the township of Plimmerton.

Looking north from Titahi Bay, Feb. 2007 / Foto: Peter Wells

Titahi Bay and beach from the northern end. Note the row of boatsheds on the southern end of the beach with the coloured doors. These boatsheds are very popular with their owners over the summer and are sometimes lived in during summer months, enjoying beer and barbeques on summer evenings. A matching row runs along the northern end of the beach.

Titahi Bay from the northern end, Feb. 2007 / Foto: Peter Wells

A view along the western shore of the North Island looking south. The inlet is the opening into Titahi Bay so you can see that it is quite sheltered. The westerly (on-shore) wind turns "The Bay" into a great surfing beach. In the distance you can see the hazy coastline of the South Island.

Looking south from Titahi Bay, Feb 2007 / Foto: Peter Wells

A view of Titahi Bay and the northern coastline from the southern end of Titahi Bay. Mount Cooper is the peak in the centre of the picture with the entrance to Karehana Bay beyond that. One of the radio masts may be seen on the skyline and to the extreme right part of the Titahi Bay Golf Course is visible. On the extreme left the hazy hills are those of "Kapiti Island" or "Entry Island" as it was known by the early whalers. This was the stronghold of famous Maori chief and warrior Te Rauparaha. It is his Haka that the All Blacks originally used at the beginning of every game (http://www.ngatitoa.iwi.nz/te_rauparaha.htm).

Titahi Bay from the south end, Feb. 2007 / Foto: Peter Wells

Mana Island from the hills above Titahi Bay. This is a farm but also a conservation area and home of New Zealand's Giant Weta (http://weta.boarsnest.net/), apparently the heaviest insect in the world. They are prehistoric creatures that we mostly ignore as they're harmless. The island used to be called "Table Island" (for obvious reasons) by the early whalers and was the stronghold of Chief Te Rangihaeata who was the nephew of Te Rauparaha.

Mana Island from Titahi Bay, Feb. 2007 / Foto: Peter Wells

© Peter Wells, Wellington, New Zealand