Sunday, October 25, 2009

South Island - Our Intrepid Journey Days 4 - 7

South Island - Our Intrepid Journey Days 4 - 7
22 - 25 October 2009
The journey to New Plymouth took us through the coastal town of Mokau.

You shouldn’t pass through Mokau without stopping for a feed of locally caught whitebait when in season.

Our traveling companions are not yet ready to contribute to our meals – soon maybe.

Arriving in New Plymouth the waterfront was to be our free park over for the next four nights.
Pukeiti Gardens 23Oct09

Our first day in New Plymouth, 23Oct09, we took in a visit to the Pukeiti Gardens.

The gardens feature extensive walks through beautifully laid out gardens.

That show off many of the rhododendrons that New Plymouth is well known for.

Including native flora like this 900 year old rata.

And other fascinating items like this old water wheel that generated power and pumped water for the gardens.
Tupare Gardens 24Oct09

The house and grounds of Tu parecover an extensive area all available for free public viewing.

Arrival at the Tuapere Gardens bought a surprise – we had arrived on one of the three market days of the year.

Complete with string quartet playing old English country music, only one musician shown.

The gardens have as one border the Waiwhakaiho River.

The walks are well formed and cover as much distance as you might want.
The next few pics were taken inside the residence built in the 1930's of hand adzed timers from the old Opunake wharf and walls of solid concrete .

Entry is into the lounge area.

A smaller living area off the lounge.

Upstairs to the master bedroom.

And childrens bedroom.
Araheke Walk 25Oct09

The walk crosses the Waiwhakaiho River.

With bush walks through areas of native shrubs and mature trees.

At times the path goes along the side of the river.

The area is also known as The Meeting of the Rivers.

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