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Lake Wainamu

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Wainamu-Dune

I almost feel like I am doing a travel blog on behalf on New Zealand these days. There are worse things to be doing – and I am always discovering new, amazing places. Like Lake Wainamu. A small, freshwater lake (all lakes are freshwater, aren’t they? Or are they? I don’t know) slightly inland from Bethells Beach about 40 minutes from my house. The lake is nice enough – cat tails, a picturesque dock, gorgeous reflections of the perfect sky…

But what makes it amazing is the dunes – sand dunes that extend for nearly a square kilometer (about 1/2 a mile square), which is enormous – and not part of the beach – they’re just there – like a mini Sahara on the edge of Auckland! This is my favourite photo of the bunch, but here’s one with a bit of perspective:

Lone Photog copy

 

 

We walked through the shallow stream trickling from the lake to get there – much much easier on the everything than climbing dunes!

Wainamu-creek

 

And when we got there, we found the very lovely, cat-tail fringed, romantically dock-ed lake. And we meant to walk around it, but some boys had got a roll of industrial plastic and sculpted a massive slide from the top of a lakeside dune, right into the water. The made it slippier with dish soap and buckets of water. I wished I could have joined them – gone down at least once. But there was the camera gear to think of…

Wainamu-flip1

 

After that, I figured it was time to head home. Snapped this one of some grassy tufts along the way.

Wainamu-Tufts

 

Check out the aerial view on Google Maps.

Amazing, local and free! And no crowds, even on a Saturday!

 

 

 

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21/01/2013 at 12:31 am

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