Thursday, 23 April 2015

Scotts Landing North Auckland Beach

Scotts Landing North of Auckland a Great Beach for a Family Picnic

There lots of beautiful beaches in the Northland Region and many of them are is easy reach for a great day trip out from Auckland.

Scotts Landing is one of my many chosen picnic spots in the Rodney area and I have had some magic days here with family and friends.

Scotts Landing  is a small often sheltered beach located near the entrance to Mahurangi River of which runs up into Warkworth.

How To Get To Scotts Landing Beach?

The beach is about a 15 to 20 minutes drive from Warkworth township as you drive out to 
Mahurangi East past Snells Beach , Algies Bay and following the road you turn off to the left instead of continuing down into Martins Bay. Not a bad road a little windy with pockets of views of the Mahurangi River to the right  of the road as you travel out.

There are two things that you need to be aware of with this beach . First during a hot summers day the parking is not always the best . I have often had to park up the narrow road and walk a little to get down to the bay. The second is the tide goes out little way so the best swimming time is a couple of hours next to high tide. Perfect if it is a lunch time tide.

Scotts Landing is a popular place for fishing and many people fish from the car park. There is also a boat ramp , wharf. and toilets at the car park.

See recent photos from a day at Scotts.Landing off cause out highlight that day was a sea plane that came in to the bay.

Mahurangi River Views from Road Heading to Scotts Landing

Being Touched By Family History

New Zealand War History

Hi Everyone,

Been so busy with family , summer and an overseas holiday
I have been meaning to post this day of which is a special piece of New Zealand History  and with  April Anzac Day  2015 being 100 year Anzac day Gallipoli Anniversary it is an emotional time for all of us.

A  recent walk down memory lane in Queen Street Auckland.

Granddads Medals

With Anzac day in a couple of days the raw history, sadness and past emotions are rising.
Most of us Kiwis were touched in one way or another by the world wars.
For me I remember my Mother and Grandmother still very emotional over the loss of my
Great Uncle of whom died from wounds received at Gallipoli during the first world war. He was only 23 years old and I am lucky to have copies of letters he wrote from the war.

Emotions High at the Queen Street Parade.

I recently enjoyed a very emotional day with family as we gathered for the 75 anniversary parade in memory of the Battle of the River Plate and those who served on the HMS Achilles.

My Grandfather was a CPO on the Achilles at the time of the Battle on 13th  Dec 1939 when HMS Achilles, HMS Exeter and HMS Ajax took on the German Battle Ship Admiral   Graf Spee. It was a battle heavily out weighed by the more p of the Battle Ship that had better odds than the smaller cruisers and thank goodness the Graf Spee came off second best and the HMS Achilles although a little worse for wear , returned to New Zealand.

The success of the battle was a huge thing for NZ and the return of the Achilles resulted in a massive ticker tape parade down Queen Street. you can imagine the emotion   on the day as we joined in on the 75th anniversary down Queen Street in memory of the Battle , the Achilles and proudly wearing Granddads medals as our thoughts bought him back to us for the day.