The Island

Waiheke Island Views

Onetangi Beach

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 Bottom End Drive

Beach View from Road 6679

Ebikes in our garage

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How often do the locals get a cafe with a view like this?  Charlie Farley's serves good food, local wines & beer, the best beach across the esplanade.

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This is the beach on the other side of the esplanade

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This is half the length of Onetangi beach - one of the great strolls on the island

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Beach Mist over Onetangi

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Paddleboard Evening on Onetangi

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The view is of Oneroa bay, a nice beach walk.

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Church Bay Walk near the Casale (also the start of the biennial Headlands Sculpture Walk)

Walk

Every other year in January, the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf takes "our" walk and makes it a premier outdoor sculpture event.

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2011 Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf gives you an idea of how far you have travelled.

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The Auckland Council has placed benches along the walk - rarely used, wonderful way to clear the head.

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Sculpture during the Headlands event

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Farm next door

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In summer, the land changes colour as the rains stay away

Summer

Valley

The sunsets can be spectacular

Sunset

As are the storms - these photos are taken from the Casale

Rain

Dolphins in Church Bay - view from the Casale

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Kereru (Wood Pigeon) on the arbour at the Casale garden entrance

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Mud Brick Vineyard Restaurant is on the other side of the valley from the Casale. An elegant place with stunning views and top wines

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Church Bay's night skies are free from street lights. The air is clean, the stars bright. The sounds are of the waves, the seabirds and the morepork (ruru: native owl).

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This is a Morepork (Ruru)... an unretouched photo with a flashlight shining on the inner courtyard wall behind. Magical moment and then he flew away.

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