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A Road Trip, Boulders at Koutu, New Zealand & Fresh Oysters

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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.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful beach – and oysters!😉

    March 21, 2012
  2. Amazing!

    March 21, 2012
  3. Beautiful! Those stones have amazing shapes.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    March 21, 2012
  4. I used to love eating straight from the sea and aren’t those boulders fantastic, such a sight! Thank you for taking me to the sea for a minute i am missing the sea today!!

    March 21, 2012
  5. What a beautiful place – missed that on my trip, so another reason to return! Love those boulders….

    March 21, 2012
  6. I remember seeing my first boulders in my very first trip to NZ (but in the South Island), I don’t know why but for some reason they made me so happy!!! Maybe because I never seen them in Europe? Nice to think that stones (and not only diamonds) can make you happy!

    Ciao
    Alessandra
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.co.nz/

    March 21, 2012
  7. Wow those boulders looks like the one you see in Opononi.

    March 25, 2012
  8. How cool – I must go visit them – I had only heard and seen the Moeraki boulders.

    April 3, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      They are very cool and not far for us North Islander to go

      April 3, 2012

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