Having a few hours to myself one day last week, I decided to go for a run along the waterfront from Mission Bay to the next bays over, Kohimarama and St. Helier’s. It was a cool and rainy day, but after St. Helier’s, I was feeling particularly energetic and continued on my run. Seeing a sign for Ladies’ Bay, I took that as a cue that this bay was partially my bay. Thus, I decided to go down and see the land over which I claimed partial ownership.
A few weeks later on a beautiful sunny day, I returned to Ladies’ Bay, under the assumption that this would be my new sanctuary of secluded beach, set aside so I could go and have some privacy and catch some rays. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Ladies’ Bay is actually the name the Kiwis have decided to give the nude beach. I learned that, despite its name, this bay is actually NOT reserved for those who are female. Climbing down the stairs and perching on a rock overlooking the water and the beach, things started dangling and swinging into my vision from out in the bush. Let’s just say that I cut my sightseeing short for the day and was happy to return to the more crowded beach of Mission Bay.