Secrets of QEII Park
This gateway to the park is where residents are most likely to meet their neighbours. Sometimes it seems the whole township is here on those balmy evenings, either mountain biking or walking the many challenging coastal or inland tracks.
You can stroll a comfortable few kilometres up the beach to the Whareroa Stream and back, or take a more challenging 8-kilometre walk to ‘the tyres’ and back. This strange landmark is a tower of washed up car tyres staked on a pole on the beach near the Paekakariki Surf Club. ‘The tyres’ marks where you leave Raumati South and enter Paekakariki, the invisible boundary that no map will ever show but everyone knows.
On Boxing Day 2003, after a particularly wild storm over the Christmas period, my husband and I found the èntire dismembered torso of a young adult high across the sand dune. Extensive calcification showed the torso was much older than the skull pictured. It appeared the bones had been exposed by the harsh wind wiping away the covering layer of sand.
These koiwi were referred to the Kaumatua of the Te Ati Awa Ki Waikanae and have since been reinterred.