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Tawharanui, New Zealand. by Roy  Massicks

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Tawharanui is a regional park approximately one and a half hours drive north from central Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand, It is situated near the township of Warkworth and is on a small peninsula extending into the Pacific Ocean.
Once a large farm It is now one of Auckland’s best kept secrets and not only a great swimming and surfing area but also a picnic paradise for young and old alike.
The tree is a Pohutukawa.

One of my wife Heather’s ancestors was shipwrecked on an American whaling ship called the ’ Noble ’ off the coast of New Zealand in 1846 and elected to stay in the country. In 1860 he bought a large plot of land adjoining where the regional park is today. Unfortunately, long sold out of the family.

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Fuji S6500 at 65mm, 1/480, f/7.1, iso100.

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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks Deborah and thanks for your comment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • MaryLouF
    MaryLouFover 3 years ago

  • Thank you MaryLou.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    nice piece of work roy,looks a great place roy,cheers mike

  • Many thanks Mike – have only been there twice but it is beautiful.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    This is a stunning capture Roy, a lovely scene so beautiful.

  • Thank you Andrea – you will have to come North and see all these places.

    – Roy Massicks

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Much appreciate your comment Julie. Had a peek at your page – lovely work.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Lovely picture, Roy!

  • Welcome back to planet Earth David – thank you for your comment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Outstanding colors & what a spot! Fabulous history, too. What are you & Heather doing to get that land back? Hmm?

  • Thank you Sheila – like other groups in our fair country, we shall put a claim in, not only for the land but for the legal expenses that would be involved..ha ha.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Superb shot. No longer a secret now Roy, you let the cat out of the bag!

  • Many thanks Colin – it will still be a reasonable secret if you don’t tell……lol!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    what a beautiful view!

  • Thank you so much Stephanie – I do appreciate it.

    – Roy Massicks

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