Thursday, 14 May 2020

Awhitu Peninsula just south of Auckland

Just over an hour's drive from the city, you will find yourself in a different world.  The Awhitu Peninsular is spectacular and largely unspoiled.

Awhitu means 'a longing to return' in Te Reo (Maori) and you will once you are lucky enough to have been there.

Just about 2500 people live there permanently although there are also some baches (what we call holiday homes) so the population doubles in summer.

It was the site of New Zealand's worst maritime disaster in 1863 – the Orpheus foundered on the bar and 189 of the 259 souls on board perished.

It is the site of the Manukau Heads Lighthouse.  This coast is not for the faint hearted – like much of the West Coast it is pretty rugged.

The place to stay is the Castaways Resort – not completely luxurious but the setting is just stunning.

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