Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009I took the kids fishing (with the bait catcher) but the weather turned on us and the wind made the water far to choppu for the little bait catcher! After about half and hour we conceeded that it wasn’t the right conditions for it and went for a walk over the Matapihi Brige!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009This board walk and the view of the apartment buildings signal either the end or the start of the walk! The track, being a loop track can be walked in either direction.

This picnic spot is where we stopped for lunch. This part of the Island is nearly at the end of the walk if you are  going in a clockwise direction although there are no rules about which way you go! The white patches by the rocks are actually piles of shells (mostly broken and smoothed down by the rocks) and not sand. The smaller patches of brown are the sandy areas! It’s a beautiful area to stop and there was another photographer down there taking photos. Great minds think alike!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

The island that can be see in the back ground of the first photo is closer here. It’s called “Leisure Island” and used to be a theme park complete with a dolphin show and giant water slides.These days it’s a walking track and picnic area. I’ve never been there but I’m planning on a photo walk there soon!

I wondered if  ‘Shark Alley” was called Shark Alley because it was a catchy name, a local nick-name or something that went back to the days of pirates and ghost ships…but apparently Shark Alley is named what it is because of the high percentage of Sharks. Obvious huh? I just wanted to make sure:) The area attracts sting ray and large fish which in turn attract sharks. I found an article in The New Zealand Herald online if anyone wants to read more

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The photo above shows Matakana Island stretching out into the distance (you may remember seeing it in my Anzac Bay  photo’s also.) Below is Shark Alley.

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