God travels with us and is always by our side. He is always showing us, through nature, activities and thoughts, that He is with us and wanting us. He desires for us, to go forward bringing a piece of Him to the world that so desperately needs Him.
We ate our McDonalds brunch at Kauritūtahi Bay and found our own peaceful picnic spot. Fascinating, safe clear water beach. It’s tidal, so shallow with no waves– great for kids to splash, swim, play.
The Brook wetland, along with salt marsh, beach and intertidal areas, create unique and valuable bird habitats at Āwhitu. The wetlands are home to a small number of fernbirds (mātātā), plus paradise shelduck (pūtangitangi), mallard, bittern, Californian quail, kererū, pūkeko and tūī.
Dogs are not permitted on this walk but are allowed on-leash in the esplanade reserve area at the end of Brook Road.
Āwhitu Brook Homestead
From the beach or grass path, we climbed up onto the headland to the historic Brook Homestead – a lovely spot to explore under the impressive trees. And in the summer the Pohutukawa trees are in full bloom and stunning. The historic kauri cottage was built around 1907 by the Brook family, and was never wired for electricity or connected to the power grid. The homestead is a really cool piece of history.
We walked along the gravel road past the campground and wetland, and back to the path starting point. Along the way there are bird watching decks to spot a variety of native wildlife.
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