It was a perfect day on Sunday. Far too gorgeous to waste indoors. I decided it was time we did more exploring of our new environment!
It has been a while since we went to the beach. I decided some fresh sea air was just what we needed!
This is Castlepoint. It is quite spectacular.
According to this website, Castlepoint is one of New Zealand’s 10 most loved beaches. The lighthouse at this beach is one of the two remaining beam lighthouses left in New Zealand.
The young boy certainly loved the sand – perfect for digging large holes! I dipped my feet into the sea, but decided that it was just a bit too chilly for paddling.
After holes had been dug to one young person’s satisfaction, and sand dunes appropriately rolled down and enjoyed, I dragged him up to the lighthouse for a walk and a look at what was on the other side of the reef.
It took one’s breath away!
The colour of the sea was stunning…
Here’s a view looking back towards the bay.
A geology student would find the landscape fascinating. There are fossils to be seen, and clear layers of seashells and sandstone. There is some very entertaining information about the history of Castlepoint here.
We drove home, feeling refreshed and relaxed. What a wonderful day! How lucky we are to be living in such an amazingly beautiful place!
There are plans afoot to go back as soon as possible and explore more of the walks!