Wednesday, December 26, 2007

26Dec07 Christmas 2007 - The Journey Begins

Finally the Christmas ’07 break had arrived and the first stop for a break was at the town of Pirongia. Look to the last post 5th & 6th January 2008 for more on Pirongia.Mt Pirongia, not really a mountain but a short high range that separates Raglan from Kawhia, gives the town its name. As mentioned earlier we plan to stay on the mountain on the way home.Onward south turning right at Otorohanga our next quick stop for a (another) cuppa tea is Te Kuiti, the last largish town we will see for some time on the journey to the West Coast of Taranaki. Parked by the railway tracks that pass through the centre of town……we were close to a couple of really interesting sculptures. A wall that had a large weta on both sides……and a bat chasing a couple of moths. All very much larger than true life. Yes New Zealand does have two species of native bats - they only weigh a few grams, some moths like the Puriri Moths would almost be bigger, well heavier anyway.From Te Kuiti heading for the New Plymouth area we were looking for a place for the night, maybe even two nights. This one sounded good in the book - pinic spot by the river - but yuk really didn’t measure up.So we continued on to finally end up at Tongaporutu. In the New plymouth area you can stay 'anywhere' for two nights. See next post.

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