AROUND THE BOTTOM UP AND OVER

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Back to the coast this month and starting at Brick Bay. The tide was out so I walked around the rocks to Sandspit camping ground.Lovely, lurking pohutukawa cling to the sandstone cliffs and the low tide platforms are easy to walk on – family friendly. There is lovely bird life throughout this walk so keep your eyes and ears open. As you approach the gorgeous original baches at Sandspit, watch for the nifty weathered blobs of pillow lava on the rocky flats (see below). Go through the campground and back up the hill, heading for Horseshoe Bay. Slightly dilapidated, large Kiwiana sculptures can be seen along the way and there are lovely views over Sandspit and the harbour entrance. Go right into Horseshoe Bay in order to pick up the correct trail back up to the ridge, over the road, and back down through the bush to where you started at Brick Bay. The round trip takes about an hour but allow time to stop for a swim, (once it warms up) a picnic or just a bit of piece and quiet beneath the beautiful big puriri trees.

WORDS LUKE WILLIAMSON PHOTO KAREN WILLIAMSON