December 23, 2023 Lunch at the Beach (Day 87)

After a morning of organizing and cleaning the car interior for our move to the south island in 2 days we drove the 1.4km down to have lunch at Makara Beach WhareKai, ‘dining hall’ in Maori. It is a quaint cafe that is open only on weekends and is run by the couple that deliver the mail here! It was threatening rain but there were lots of beachgoers. Some were lounging on the cobble beach, some walking the path around the beach, even several snorkelers in wet suits emerging, one with a speargun! It was a calm day at the beach wind wise!

Robert with an aerial view of Makara Beach behind him.

An intricately carved panel in the dining hall. You can see how much the koru is used in the carving. “Koru, ‘loop or spiral’, is based on the appearance of a new unfurling fern frond. An integral symbol in Maori art, carving and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.” per wikipedia

The beach is calm today!

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