We caught the bus today down to
, for a walk along the coast to the Red Rocks. http://www.newzealand.com/travel/sights-activities/scenic-highlights/natural-phenomena/scenic-highlight-details.cfm/businessid/68764.html Island Bay
It was a sunny spring day, with a bit of a breeze (as ever) blowing, so it didn’t feel too warm. We walked along the coastal path, spotting red-billed gulls and variable oystercatchers along the way.
The oystercatcher wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to take a picture of it, so here’s one taken by someone else:
The waves were crashing onto the beach in a picturesque fashion, and in the distance we could see the snow-covered mountains of
After a couple of hours of leisurely stroll, we reached the red rocks. There’s a geological reason for the redness of the rocks which has something to do with iron oxide. Anyway, they are distinctively red, possibly more so in real life than is apparent from the photo.
There’s also a seal colony further along the coast, but by that stage we decided that we’d walked quite far enough, and headed back to find the Bach Café http://www.bachcafe.co.nz/ and some lunch (that’s a variable oystercatcher on their logo, so clearly they’re a common sight round these parts). Apparently the name of the café has nothing to do with Johann Sebastian.