My spare day last week was gloriously fine and too good to waste so I decided to have an adventure and go somewhere I had never been before. I had long wanted to visit the lighthouse on Awhitu Peninsula at the Manukau Heads so this was the day for it.
I have a great love of lighthouses. There is something so romantic and comforting about those beacons of light guiding sailors home. Henry Longfellow aptly sums it up in his poem The Lighthouse:
|A glorious day in the country|
|Awhitu Lighhouse, Manukau Heads, Auckland|
|View from the lighthouse|
|Another view, this time looking into Manukau Harbour.|
Auckland city can just be see on the horizon far left
|Looking south from the lighhouse|
The lighthouse today is a serene and peaceful place surrounded by native plants and trees. I wandered around for some time, enjoying the view and the romance of it all before retracing my journey back home with brief stops at the picturesque church at Awhitu and at Waiuku for a very late lunch.
|Tiny country church at Awhitu|
All in all it was a fantastic day out. I am so pleased I finally got to see the lighthouse and can tick that off my "to do" list