'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Yatton Park, Tauranga

Last Sunday morning at dawn I was down at the park watching the sun come up over the Hairini bridge.

Here's looking south from the park promontory towards the Welcome Bay hills over the golden oioi (Maori for 'to shake gently') wetlands (about 1.2 m - 4 feet - tall) and the Waimapu River:  

Sixteen of this beautiful park's trees are the largest of their kind in the North Island of New Zealand.

There's the history of the park here.  

And there's information about the lovely orange jointed rush oioi (Apodasmia (formally Leptocarpus) similis) here.


  1. I can't get enough of this landscape. Thank you.

  2. Gorgeous. I love that last picture best.

  3. Beautiful, I think the last photo of the light showing through the trees is my favorite.

  4. I love the light through the trees.....and I just noticed that's what the person before me said too. Honest though, I clicked on comment thinking that! hehe

  5. Until I counted you as a blogging friend, I had never heard of or seen anything called Yatton Park, Tauranga. And it's in New Zealand, you say?

    Don't mind me. Typical Yank provinciality.

  6. what beautiful country in its autumn colours! love the golden oioi wetlands... oioi being the reeds i take it?
    NZ is beautiful

  7. Glad you liked this park-y post, everyone!

    Robert - there are some people in Tauranga who have not visited this park, and most New Zealanders won't have heard of it.
    So, you are forgiven your ignorance. Most Americans don't know where New Zealand is, at least you do! (You DO, don't you!? - quick, look us up NOW! That's us down there in the bottom right hand corner under the printer's name. )

  8. So you do work for NZ Tourism after all Katherine! Such loveliness one might even forget to oioi in the wetlands.