Clifton cemetery sits on a small isthmus where the Motupipi river meets the sea. The peaceful place is ringed by giant trees and the lagoon beyond them reflects the sky before it empties at low tide leaving sandy mudflats that can be walked on. Clifton was once destined to be a town but those plans never materialised. (See HERE for the history). This tomb with its attractive railings may be one of the Maori burials. (I sketched the gate to the cemetery HERE)
We had a 10km walk along Pohara beach this week, rounding the headland opposite Rototai before returning by the beach. Lunch at Totally Roasted before Herself returned while I went on to Pohara to take some photographs. It is a real pleasure to walk on the wide beach here, especially at low tide, empty except for one or two walkers and groups of Oyster Catchers standing on the edges of rivulets that reflect the clouds.
Edit, January 2023: I have researched this memorial HERE. My sketch is of the back of the memorial stone which belongs to Rawiri Wateno Hira, died 12 June 1874.