Much of this part of the walk was closer to sea level. Several times, the appearance of many punga ferns, such as those in the foreground of this image, gave the false impression that we nearing Punga Cove. But in this case we still had about 7 kilometres to walk around to the other side of Big Bay.
Note that the proper name for these tree ferns is ponga but most Kiwis use the word punga instead. Furthermore, many Kiwis use punga generically for tree ferns of all types, so its not a precise term by any means.