We did find a brief moment to visit the beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach, which has to rate as one of the best beaches in the Nelson region.  BUT it was wall-to-wall people.  Last time Rod was there, admittedly not at the height of the season – and a VERY long time ago, it was both beautiful and deserted.  I’d love to go back there in the winter and just chill out and do some collecting, because even with so many people there, we noticed quite a few shells on the beach.  Loved the fascinating shapes of the limestone boulders.


Whangarei are hosting a Shell Show for the 50th Anniversary of the Whangarei Shell Club and we would love to see you there.  If you are interested and need more details just let me know.  You will find my contact details on my ‘Antipodes’ page. – or just add a comment to this post.  The show will be open to the public on Saturday 9th May 9 am to 4 pm.

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I love the rich variety of seashells, and Epitonidae are my absolute favourite.  This one is commonly called the Precious Wentletrap and comes from Japan. 

ribs joining heartbeats
rising whorls of creamy curves
sculpted by sea-life

Epitonium scalare Japan

Precious Wentletrap Japan

…who would not believe in a Creator, seeing such beautiful design work.