An autumn morning on the beach at Pegasus Bay

Despite being just 30 minutes from the city of Christchurch, it is possible to  have a beach almost to yourself at Pegasus Bay.    We spent a morning walking from Kairaki Beach, which is just north of the Waimakariri River mouth.  When we started at 9.30am, it was warm and still, with some westerly cloud providing interesting lighting.

Fishermen at the Waimakariri River mouth

Fishermen at the Waimakariri River mouth

The Waimakariri River mouth is a popular fishing spot, particularly salmon and whitebait (when in season).

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White fronted terns

Looking over white-fronted terns across the river mouth to the Port Hills

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DSC06170 fWe were almost, but not quite alone. The Waimakariri District Council allows horse riding and training along the full stretch of beach from the Waimakariri River mouth north to the boundary with the Hurunui District.

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Spotted Shag

Spotted Shag

Also on the beach we met a Spotted Shag (or Parekareka), a species of cormorant endemic to New Zealand.

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