Yes, There is a lighthouse on the beatuful Awhitu Peninsula, Manukau Heads lighthose is one of only a few lighthouses in New Zealand you can actually climb to the top of. The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.For a place with such rich history, character and natural beauty, it’s surprisingly still unknown to many Aucklanders.
Oh dear. After a week of some STUNNING, crisp, clear wintery days today Queen's Birthday holiday arrived and with it cloudy Auckland day. I toyed with the idea of hopping on the Busa and taking it for a quick spin but the roads were wet and the air slightly chilly and I somehow just could not feel warm so I simply gave up on the idea. Had my riding mate been a bit more enthusiastic I would probably have joined him but he was presumably in a similar mindset as me and most likely tucked away behind a computer screen next to a heater or fire.
On Saturday my riding buddy and I decided to enjoy the fabulous weather we were still experiencing in Auckland this winter. We decided on short notice go out for a bike ride and give the bikes a proper workout after a week of standing idle. The weather was cloudy with no rain predicted and the temperature was hovering around 15° Celsius with a light breeze. This was perfect weather for motorcycle riding. As we were only leaving late morning we could only do a “half day” ride around the Auckland region.
It is nearing the end of August in this, the first year I have owned a motorbike for many years. So as each season unfolds I am relating the process to my newfound biking experience, much like a pioneer in a strange new land would begin gauging the rhythm and tempo of the weather to understand what the years ahead will unfold in his new home.
I had to shoot out today during work and was amazed at how beautiful the weather was so I resolved to leave work dead on time and head straight home to hop on the Busa and grab the opportunity to enjoy the Auckland twilight by the handlebars.
Even a spontaneous decision to ride involves some pre-ride mental preparation during which I run through the weather and time available and possible routes. I have put off quite a few riding opportunities as winter has hit but I could see no downside tonight other than the fact that once the sun starts setting in winter darkness arrives quickly. But there was little wind and the air was crisp but not icy.
Some time after Sunday lunch my riding buddy sent me a text to see what my plans were. The Auckland sky was cloudy and it was hard to tell if the weather apps were right ~ would it rain or hold off? I had been for a quick ride on Friday after work through the Waitakeres but he hadn't ridden for over a week and the mere glimpse of clear patches of sky meant he was itching to ride. So I suggested he pop over for coffee and we could see if the weather held and at least he'd get a quick ride in to my place. As he arrived it began to spit but one cup of coffee later and we could again see clear skies so I was quickly dressed and ready and off we set...