• To the right of the wharf and looking along the Wentworth river and river channel to the open sea

Whangamata: A Feast of Beach Delights

April 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Whangamata is my favourite beach resort, mainly because during the summer months it combines reliable weather with good swimming and there are enough shops and other attractions to hold the interest of visitors and holidaymakers. The Māori name ‘Whangamatā’ comes from the words ‘whanga’, which means bay, and ‘matā’, that means a hard stone, referring [...]

The Mount!

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the early 1980s it was, according to long-time businessman and resident Charlie Robertson, just “a little seaside village” that, for people on the other side of the harbour in Tauranga, took nearly half an hour to drive to. He should know. He came north from Taihape in 1978 after being given a chance to [...]

Our Summer Surf Heroes – Lifeguards

February 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

They would rather be on the beach than on their cell phones, they’re volunteers but they must pay to belong to a club, and most balance family, work, school or study in between practising their first aid skills, keeping fit, undertaking comprehensive training and doing beach duty. Lifeguards! They certainly are our summer surf [...]