2010-06-24 -36 174
| Thu 24 Jun 2010 in -36,174:|
Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparoa Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand
Skip half day at work/uni, jump in car and head up to Whangaparoa Peninsula - the area is one of my favourite longlining spots.
Morning routine:Check hash. Today was one of those days where it didn't land in the water (but very close to). Initially I thought the hash was located on defense property, as they regularly use the tip of the peninsula for exercises. After a particularly drawn out and convuluted research group meeting, combined with a further prod by JimmyNZ, I was encouraged to take another look, and it turns out the hash fell in Shakespear Regional Park! Excellent.
I don't actually own a GPS but aerial views of the hash showed clear terrestrial features that could be used to confirm the location. Armed with a compass, I identified a man-made landmark from which to take a bearing to the hash from, and a farm track to gauge the distance, this one was going to be easy.
Heading up, I had planned to embark on a trail run at the same time, but forgot my shorts, so I ambled at a non-sweat provoking pace up and down a few hills, following the very obvious farm tracks. Scaring a few sheep, peacocks and pukekos along the way, I found the hash, took the photos, enjoyed the view, and headed back down the hills. Too easy, and a nice location for future trail running.
SH1 north to Silverdale offramp, down Whangaparoa Peninsula to the end, last right to Shakespear Regional Park. Then take all the available lefts to get over the headland and park at the gate to the campground.
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