Saturday, December 29, 2007

28Dec07 Onaero Bay

Leaving Tongaporutu we headed a little further down the coast to Onaero Bay where the NZMCA leases a camp site from the New Plymouth Council.We arrived a little after lunch and quickly settled in finding a nice spot at the road end of the camp next to the river.Once we were established we went off for a walk to explore the Onaero Camp grounds. Interestingly it is split into two by the river with both parts of the capm connected by a short vehicle bridge.Where the river meets the sea and its estuary there's a great area for swimming and fishing and at the right time of the year, whitebaiting. There were a lot of campers and day trippers enjoying the days good weather.Fishing or swimming from the beach provides the west coast experience as it faces directly out into the Tasman Sea. In this pic you can make out the Maui Oil Platform on the horizon.This final view of Onaero Bay Motor Camp, looking back eastward into the camp a number of motorhomes can be seen parked along the final part of the estuary as the river exits to the sea. The river is between where the motorhomes are parked and the driftwood festooned beach in the foreground.The stay at Onaero Bay was a plesant one witrh excellent facilities and very congenial hosts. Whilst for us it was only for one night to catch up on a few things it was a stop worth making.

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