A Road Trip, Boulders at Koutu, New Zealand & Fresh Oysters
A road trip up North the other week found us discovering the boulders at Koutu, it hadn’t been on our list of places to stop, it doesn’t seem to be an overly promoted destination but it was certainly one of my highlights of the trip. It was an overcast morning and the water of the Hokianga Harbour was calm and grey offering an appropriately moody setting for these ancient boulders.
The boulders are just below the high tide line, the perfect home for oysters to grow, there was thousands of them with not many people passing through to harvest them so we enjoyed a few for breakfast straight off the rocks. If you are going to harvest oysters you must ensure to remove the whole shell from the rock, not just the top shell. This allows another oyster to eventually attach itself to that area of rock whereas they will not attach to the remains of other oysters, we must look after our mollusc environment for the future.