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lol Good one, Doogie, love it!!!#1637250vale019 August 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm
Tunnel Beach, Dunedin
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Tunnel Beach is a locality 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) southwest of the city centre of Dunedin. Located just south of St Clair, Tunnel Beach has sea-carved sandstone cliffs, rock arches and caves. … It’s a place of spectacular beauty where history and local mythology mix. Access to the beach is via a track across private farmland.
The sandstone cliffs are carved into strange and dramatic shapes as the powerful ocean crashes against them, throwing spray up into the air. The tunnel itself has a narrow entrance framed by hebe.
The tunnel was built in the 1870s at the request of John Cargill, whose residence Sea View was nearby. John Cargill was the son of William Cargill and brother of Edward Bowes Cargill, who built Cargill’s Castle which now stands in ruins not far up the coast. It’s said that John Cargill had the tunnel built as a gift for his daughters, to provide them with a private bathing spot to safeguard their modesty, but there is some doubt as to whether that is truth or part of the legend.
It is said that one of Cargill’s daughters drowned here…and watching the powerful surf pound against the beach it is quite believable.
The tale – which crops up in tourism materials as well as being passed along by word of mouth – is a slippery one to pin down. Some say the unfortunate young woman drowned on her sixteenth birthday. Some go as far as to say there were two daughters who died. The sad conclusion to the story is that John Cargill was so heartbroken that he left and never returned.#1637493vale019 August 18, 2017 at 10:48 pm
New Zealand’s Best Scenery
Amazing footage from a year of travel backpacking in New Zealand – with scenic driving trips around the north island & south island of NZ. Includes a driving, walking, hiking and sailing tour around the incredible landscapes of New Zealand’s mountains, lakes, forests and beaches, even spotting some seals, penguins, and dolphins.#1637559vale019 August 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Hikurangi Te Toka Tapu – Mount Hikurangi – Gisborne
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Hikurangi, the sacred maunga (mountain) of Ngati Porou, holds a special place within the hearts, minds and souls of our people. A cultural icon venerated through story, song and speech, Hikurangi also symbolically represents “home” for the 70,000 plus Ngati Porou tribal members who live on the East Coast and in other parts of the world.
Standing at 1754 metres, Hikurangi is the highest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island. It is 130km north of Gisborne and recognised as the first point on the New Zealand mainland to greet the morning sun.
For many Ngati Porou, a visit back to their tribal homeland would not be complete without a photo opportunity in front of their revered maunga. For others their ambition is to journey to the summit of the mountain. However, their objective is not to “conquer” Hikurangi. The pilgrimage represents a return to the whenua (land) of their ancestors, a return to their cultural roots.
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Spring is sneaking in 🙂#1637841vale019 August 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm#1638186vale019 August 23, 2017 at 11:00 pm
Giant snails like the kauri snail were originally widespread in Northland, however many of them have become endangered or threatened since human settlement. They are now only found in small parts of Northland and some offshore islands.#1638218vale019 August 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm
Wingspan – National Bird of Prey Conservation Centre – Rotorua#1638332vale019 August 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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