February is New Zealand’s summer time with temperatures in the Wellington area hovering somewhere around a sunny C25/28- (F77/82) and the family can’t resist a summer visit to the beach for a swim.
Unlike the humans, cats are mostly active early morning and evening and they avoid the hottest part of the day by relaxing in the coolest rooms in the house or under one of our gardens bushes.
Today I have a selfie of Toulouse for you and some photographs taken at the coast at Waikanae and Makara, here in New Zealand.
Sometimes a stormy night will blow up large chunks of driftwood and even whole small trees like this on to the shore, but as the beach stretches 40 kilometres (24 mils) up the Kapiti coast, there is plenty of room for everyone to play beach cricket, swim, or just enjoy the sun as you watch a horse or two canter by.
The Kapiti coast is family friendly. Our favourite beach, Waikanae, has a shallow shelving beach that means you can safely walk out for a long way into the sea without risk. The sand may lack the golden colour of other more famous beaches but it’s still awesome for a day trip.
There are six main beaches with popular areas around towns by the coast. Otaki, Peka Peka, Waikenae, Paraparaumu, Raumati, and Paek?k?riki Beach. Each has its visitors who think their beach is best.
Even on a busy day you are spoiled for choice and a summer visit to the beach is always a good idea. Even the very busy traffic doesn’t put people off.
There is a new Kapiti Expressway being built. This motorway will speed up journeys north of the capital and will be finished sometime in mid-2021 (due Covid delays). When finished the motorway will speed up many journeys to and from the capital and remove current bottlenecks that add up to 90 minutes to a trip to the beach!
Makara Beach on the South West Coast
This isn’t really a ‘beach’ but I visited as part of a photo course project and it is, as you can see in the photo, a gorgeous location. The area is stony but it is a great place for a walk, after you drive what seems like forever to get to the isolated settlement at MA-kara (not Mak-ARA as I first thought).
The beach is the starting point for the 6 Km (3 mile) Makara Walkway which is meant to have spectacular views so I need to make a return visit to show you the South Island from the top of the cliffs!
Toulouse in the Shade
To prove that cats really are more sensible than people, here is Toulouse enjoying the cool shade at home in the garden. He is framed by out of focus branches in the foreground. I discovered my telephoto lens helps a lot with this. The ability to frame with blurry foreground is something I have not tried before. What do you think?
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