May 20 2015

Kuri Bush – Taieri Mouth. Beach.

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25 km from car park.
20/5/2015. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. E. Leaders: Pat and George.
GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

31 of us emerged from our cars parked in Pat and Bill’s crib property in Kuri Bush.

Cars (John pic)

Cars (John pic)

Pat led us out and along the path and road behind the settlement’s properties,

Fence. (John pic)

Eye catching fence. (John pic)

then out onto the main road and eventually down onto the beach. The 11.00 a.m. low tide provided us with a good firm beach to walk on. But whoa! Alex discovered he had inadvertently left his pack behind – now a good half kilometre back. So we just sauntered along to an early morning tea

Morning tea stop. (John pic)

Morning tea stop. (John pic)

to await Alex’s return, – and Liz who had waited back for him.

The day was still and warm, a contrast with the weather back at the car park where the cold of a wind had not yet been ameliorated with any of the sun’s rays. At the mouth of the Taieri, the sandbar to the island was high and dry. We crossed several of the rocky bits alongside the river but our leisurely pace hitherto made it not worthwhile crossing the last one. So here we stopped, ate lunch and watched the tidal level slowly beginning its return.

Steps. (John pic)

Interesting steps from beach to properties, behind lunch spot. (John pic)

Not speaking? Wendy having found sand firm enough to support her seat. (John pic)

Not speaking? Wendy having found sand firm enough to support her seat. (John pic)

Panorama.

Panorama.

We returned. The weather forecast of a strengthening nor-wester failed. The day was still calm.

tree (John pic)

Bleached branches still there from last time.  (John pic)

It was good.

About to leave beach. (John pic)

About to return from beach. (John pic)

Back to the crib. It was good to talk with Bill. Admire the house and its well-chosen paint colour. Return home. – Except that a quite large contingent resorted to Topiarys for a delightful, and at times hilarious, get together. – Ian.

30/7/2014. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Pat and George.
Pat and Bill welcomed our cars onto their Kuri Bush property. There were about 22 of us. The path around the back of their and neighbouring properties took us past a paddock with this sturdy pony in it. Some thought it looked lonely.
A miniature horse

A miniature horse

The back path took us eventually out to the road further on along which we single-filed (a passing speeding car reminding us why we had to be so cautious) before we were able to plunge off down through dunes to the beach. Just where we got down onto the sand, we were surprised by a seal resting on a hard by ridge. Although it eyed us cautiously, it was not going to stir.

A seal

A seal

Further on again, we stopped in the sun for a cuppa.

A cuppa

A cuppa on the way.

A long leisurely stroll …

Article from The Wash, ODT 28/8/2014. Taken en route to Taieri Mouth.

Article from The Wash, ODT 28/8/2014. Elaine’s photo taken en route to Taieri Mouth.

… brought us  to Taieri Mouth at last. As we rounded the entrance, a narrowed beach reminded us that today’s 0.3 m low tide was still on the high side.

A cave

A cave near the end.

Before we went too much further on, and as we were now at the tide’s turn, our leaders cautioned us to return through the narrowed beach neck to lunch back at the safer broader beach for lunch.

A lunch

A lunch

We were a long straggling group as we trudged back. It was a surprise to see our  seal still keeping station by our beach exit onto the road. Back at the house, we leisured in the sun till the last of our group arrived. Then leisured a bit more. Elaine designated the coffee break for the day to be the Topiary cafe again. Once seated there, we were struck by the effectiveness of new sound-absorbing ceiling and wall panels now installed. An inquiry from this reporter elicited the information that the panels were ‘Glass Fibre Substrate’, an accoustic blanket plasterboard and glass sandwich sort of thing. – Ian.

25/9/2013. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leader: Fred.
GPS of beach route McLeans to Taieri Mouth

GPS of beach route McLeans to Taieri Mouth

En route to Taieri Mouth

En route to Taieri Mouth

Lunch sheltered from the wind

Lunch sheltered from the wind

Up to the road. Can't remember why we did it!

Up to the road. Can’t remember why we did it!

25/4/2012. Trampers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth.
25/1/2012. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Pat and Bill.

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