At home adventures: Ahuriri Estuary

Apologies for my short blog hiatus! It's been a busy few weeks of planning for upcoming travels and the year ahead. (Exciting news coming soon about my plans for 2015.)

The weather in Hawke's Bay is finally warming up for spring, so this morning I couldn't resist getting out of the house and doing a little exploring.

Since May, I've been working in a wonderful little suburb of Napier called Ahuriri. The Port of Ahuriri is largely what led to the development of Napier and Hawke's Bay in its earliest days, so it's quite a historic area - a bohemian fisherman's village sprinkled with shops and cafes housed in old wool stores with distinctive saw tooth roofs.

A photograph of wool stores in Ahuriri, Napier. Westshore can be seen across the water. Date post 3 February 1931. Source

An abandoned church sandwiched between the wool stores in Ahuriri.

An abandoned church sandwiched between the wool stores in Ahuriri.

Rebuilt in Art Deco style after the 1931 Earthquake, The National Tobacco Company building is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand.

Rebuilt in Art Deco style after the 1931 Earthquake, The National Tobacco Company building is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand.

Today Joe and I ventured to Ahuriri Estuary for a bit of sunshine and bird watching.

It was such a 'green' day. It even smelled green!

It was such a 'green' day. It even smelled green!

It was a magnificent afternoon with the Tui birds chirping overhead, the wind whipping in my hair and a hint of salt in the air. I didn't realize how much I was ready for winter to end until today. The Ahuriri Estuary track is an hour long walk that goes around and over the estuary, which is full of native wildlife. Joe and I ventured along the track, taking in a new view of our town.

A view of Ahuriri, The Port of Napier and Bluff Hill from the estuary.

A view of Ahuriri, The Port of Napier and Bluff Hill from the estuary.

We watched lovely swallows chasing each other around the estuary.

We watched lovely swallows chasing each other around the estuary.

Joe taking in the view.

Joe taking in the view.

We found lots of Maori carvings along the track and in the middle of the estuary.

We found lots of Maori carvings along the track and in the middle of the estuary.

It's so important to get out and about wherever you live and explore some place you've never been! You never know what you might find.