Spring Holidays 2022: Pauanui

The islands of the Hauraki Gulf and the Coromandel Peninsula were likely places of first landfall for Polynesian migrants around 1250–1300 CE. In 1964, a fish lure made from the shell of a pearl oyster was found during an archaeological dig at Tairua. Given the absence of pearl oysters in New Zealand waters, it must have belonged to a migrant from East Polynesia. After Cpt Cook (~1770), Europeans fell into this area as well and after that, the Coromandel was a shining star on the trade sky. With the discovery of gold 1842 the region saw a surge of adventure seekers (and is still today :)

Sunrise in Pauanui.
Sitting at Royal Billy Point watching the sun come up.
Mt Paku (yesterday’s hiking object in Tairua) and some mining equipment here in Pauanui.
Life is a bit hard on the little guy right now. He’s caught a cold and sheds lots of tears, not to mention the runny nose, that needs its own bib.
Afternoon walk to Pauanui Beach, just behind the (not much used, grassy) air strip.
Midday sun on Mt Paku. These trees are used to some wind!
Beach walkers.
Is it dinner time already?
Yes it is :) The grill is hot, the potato salad cool … Prost!
Not fun for everyone though. This young soul has better things (than sitting still) in mind right now.
Almost-sunset. See you guys tomorrow for more pics of the Coromandel peninsula!


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