Tawharanui Regional Park/ photos

Heading north of Auckland and over to the east coast we negotiate our way into the Tawharanui Peninsula Regional Park for a couple of nights, totally ignoring the "campsite full" signs at the beginning of the 20km unsealed track. 
 D.O.C. (department of Conservation) spend a lot of their huge budget on pest control and have protected the 588 hectares with pest proof fencing, resulting in an open sanctuary for native birds. The park also has some of the finest white sand beaches on North Island and some fabulous tramping tracks. The campsite is a sand dune away from the beach which all makes up for the lack of any washing facilities and the "long Drop". Fortunately I had already learned the skill of a head to toe wash with a  litre bottle of water and a sponge.








Welcome Swallows


Puhkeko and his mates













Bell Bird