The only escapes from Auckland’s humidity this summer have been my air-conditioned car, and the beach. A couple of weekends ago, the Big T and I had a mini road trip to the Awhitu Peninsula, on the south head of the Manukau Harbour. It was a perfect, sunny day, with enough ocean breeze to keep us cool.


Whatipu on the north head of the Manukau Harbour, from the Awhitu Peninsula. Image: Su Leslie, 2016


The Manukau Heads at Whatipu. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The lighthouse was first built in 1874 to guide mariners over the bar at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour. It seemed incredible, looking that the Heads on a beautiful day, that these waters could be treacherous to ships. On 7 February, 1863, the Manukau Heads was the scene of New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster, when the HMS Orpheus sank with the loss of 189 lives.


Wattle Bay, on the South Head of the Manukau Harbour. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

This post was written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is seasons.



Sweet days of summer

12 thoughts on “Sweet days of summer

  1. Wonderful images. Seeing Wattle Bay brought back the memories. I grew up in Lynfield. There was a small track that went down to the beach – it was very private. We went there a lot after school and in the summer. It would be very different now.

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