Hubby found, yet, another place I haven't been before (he's good like that!). This walk was along the Manganui River. There was a short 10-minute bush walk between two clearings on the water. If you didn't know you were about 30 miles from the ocean, you'd swear it was just around the corner. The white sand will be a great place for a picnic and swim on a hot summer's day.
The pretty yellow bush is called gorse. It's a member of the broom family and consider invasive and, therefore, a weed.
These ducks and juvenile ducklings were upstream but I couldn't get closer.