On my way home from the back beach, I found myself on a spot where we can see (if you know where they are) four Tahuna Beach attractions.
I was standing by the mini rail tracks; though I've never seen the train, the sign said it runs between 1-4pm Sundays. I had thought the pond was for model boat/ship/sailboat enthusiasts, but they may also have boats people can ride on; we'll have to come back for a fact-check another Sunday.
Beyond, the structure on the left is the water slide, and the wooded area from the center to the right is the much-troubled Natureland zoo. They've been fighting over funding with the Council for some years, but at the end of February it was announced the zoo would close for good on 31 March. Since then, they've been petitions and protests, for which we made the national news.
It's the tiniest zoo I've ever been to, but has provided educational trips to school children in the region for over 40 years. My brother and I were there years ago during a meerkat feeding time, and what a frenzy. Ricky the special-needs capuchin monkey is looking for a home; any takers?