Every March in New Zealand, we have 'Sea Week', a time to focus on the beach/marine environment with many events around the country educating and celebrating the sea, marine creatures and beach.
Here in Hawkes Bay, the wonderful Colin and Kim of Gannet Beach Adventures in partnership with DOC (Department of Conservation), hold a 'Beach Cleanup' using their awesome Tractor/trailers and offering their Cape Kidnappers tour at half price for the public to join them cleaning up the stretch of beach from Clifton to the Cape which has an amazing geological history and is home to a long established Gannet colony.
This is the 2nd year my boys and I have gone with my 'bestie' and her children, and this year my hubby came too - we had a fantastic day, with lovely weather and the 4 x tractor/trailer loads of us cleaned up a huge PILE of rubbish on the way out to the Cape.
Here are a few snaps of our 5 hour adventure (we didn't climb up to the main gannet colony this year (it's a bit 'pongy' to be honest!, preferring to enjoy the beach during our lunch break instead....)
My youngest son and I were delighted to both find 1 million year old fossils within a few minutes of each other too - how special is that!!