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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 3 December 2022

A historic walk and that was one hell of a good night.

 December 2nd

 Paeroa, another site that was not too good to stay in. Truck engines fired into life at 3.30 am just sitting there and not heading off, and of course, being in a town, there was bound to be traffic noise. But it had power and toilets and $5 per night was a very reasonable price.

We were away before 9 am and t'was to Karangahake Gorge for that long awaited walk. It is a historic walkway that follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihi, with impressive remains from the mining and railway eras. Everything was as I had imagined, a path with sheer drop one side to the river and overhanging rocks on the other, fabulous views and not much in the way of steep paths or steps.


That white rock was not a wall, just the rock face slopping away.

The tunnel was long, at least a kilometre in length, and although we had the torch as instructed, many didn't, and it was only when voices were heard that we realised someone was approaching. Even some cyclists went through without a headlight. 

It was much darker than this inside. All we could really see was the light at the end of the tunnel!

Taken with flash

And without.

It took roughly an hour and a half to do the round trip but even when we got to the finishing point, more was to be seen and we continued to the lookout along the Windows Walk. Now this walk should have taken trampers (walkers) through more tunnels but due to instability of rock walls with the possibility of slips, it was closed. We did manage to peer through the slats to take a photo.

At the lookout

On the road and guess what...another water fall! This was the Owharoa Falls. Of course we stopped!

The SH20 also took us past the Victoria Battery. This was the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia and one of the biggest industrial sites in New Zealand in the early 1900’s. Then it was the country’s largest producer of gold -10 times more than the next largest battery. More info HERE

How the battery used to look.
We never did make our destination for today, Rotorua. Instead we stopped at Tuapiro Point Foreshore Reserve. Plenty of spaces to start but this is one very popular place. Soon we were joined by several more and the one that came in next to us was a monster, a Jayco Explorer. It had one of those pull outside jobbies, gosh I had motorhome envy! What a lovely couple, came and joined us outside for drinks and we soon had another couple bringing over chairs. What an evening, no blogging understandably that's why this posting was late. I was a bit worse for where by the time bed beckoned!

This was before everyone turned up

Time to go exploring, to walk to the point. Through a wood and then along the shore line. Horses are regularly exercised here as we found out.

It was whilst having our evening meal outside that we were joined by those couples.

On the left is Murry and wife Julia (the Jayco owners) then Graham (nickname Jonesy) and wife Francisca.

And more fab post boxes

And wildlife



nbwakahuia.blogspot.com said...

Sending hugs, Mxx

nbwakahuia.blogspot.com said...

I was wrong - Jacinda grew up in Te Aroha. Oops, my bad. She's still a wonderful woman though!

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