In my previous post I posted a photo essay on my flight from Stratford to Te Kowhai in my Jodel D9 ZK-KMM.
After about an hour and a half on the ground for a chat and coffee and lunch in their great visiting pilot's lounge, I took off from Te Kowhai at 12.45 pm and my flight North continued:
(Click to enlarge the photos to see the scenery better)
North from Te Kowhai The Huntly Bypass is nearly completed
Huntly off to Port
Then follow the Waikato River North
Carrying on at 1500 feet and 60 knots
A bridge over the Waikato near Tuakau
The Waikato River heads for the coast
Port Waikato in the distance, but we didn't go there.
Arriving at the Manakau Harbour near Waiuku
Passing the Glenbrook steel mill.
Clarks Beach on the Manakau.
Flying up the Western coast of the Manakau, keeping under 1500 feet to stay under the Auckland International Airport airspace.
Big Bay heading out towards the Manakau Heads
Then I flew out through the Manakau Heads
Nearly out to the Tasman Sea
Looking South along the coast beyond the South Head of the Manakau
Next I turned and headed North past the big expanse of sand at Whatipu Beach on the Northern Head of the Manakau Heads
Heading North past Karekare
Then on to Piha
Lion Rock at Piha
More rugged coast North of Piha
And on past Muriwai where I could see the gannets
Then I followed the coast North until I got past Parakai
And I cut across towards Shelly Beach on the Kaipara Harbour
On past Gibbs' farm with its large art works
Then I followed the road that cuts across to Warkworth. The landmark for Kaipara Flats airfield are the big white covered glasshouses where they grow capsicums - you can see them ahead in the distance.
And in for my first landing at Kaipara Flats in ZK-KMM after a flight of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Honey Bebe didn't miss a beat!