Before driving to the ferry terminal to board the Interislander we asked the lady at our apartment hotel for a place we could visit in the short time before we boarded. She suggested Karaka Point Historic Reserve which was a short drive out of town. We drove up there and took these photos. I could have stayed there all day and stared at the beauty of the area.
It’s also the site of a Maori pa. A pa is a fortified refuge and they are normally built on a high, defensible area. There is a maori totem on the site and it is carved so intricately. It is beautiful and scary at the same time.