There was a certain birthday we were over at Waiheke to celebrate. Not mine but fun nonetheless. We went on a birthday adventure. Birthday person gets to choose. Those of us who don't like going for long walks very much had to suck it up. Not me! We went to Stony Batter on the far side of Waiheke. It's a fascinating area geographically, with huge rocks and stone formations you don't see anywhere else nearby. I am squeamish about being on film (you'd think I would be used to it by now) and desperate for profile and media shots I asked Russ to take some. He did good! Keepsakes of a good day too.
It's all farmland and vineyards and rock and ocean and sky.
Destination was the old gun emplacements from World War II. Quite impressive. Amazing to think little old NZ was affected by the wars all the way down in our little corner of the world, apart from sending our men to fight of course. Japanese submarines were spotted in several harbours and our visit to Stony Batter even flushed out a memory of granny being shot at while on a ferry during the war!
The emplacements and accompanying underground chambers and tunnels were a huge undertaking, only to be decommissioned before they were even completed, after the war. They left these concrete copies of the missiles.
Quite sobering to think of war in such a beautiful place.