As this week-end was a long week-end the Caravan Club ventured further afield to Himatangi Beach near Palmerston North.The week-end is to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi back in the 19th Century between the Maori Tribes and the British.
Quite by coincidence the Wainuiomata Caravan Club had booked the same campsite for their 400th rally so along with casual campers the camp was full for most of the week-end. It transpired that it was our clubs 491st rally so we will have another celebration of our 500th rally within the next 9 – 12 months. Due to 3 of us going down south for an indefinite period the rally schedule may get put on hold occasionally instead of the regular monthly events.
We were cordially invited to join Wainuiomata Caravan Club in some of their celebrations and both clubs were presented with 2 bottles of wine each by the camp owners Margaret and Dennis.
The weather wasn’t exactly the best but an enjoyable week end was had by all with beach walks, a sand sculpture competition which one of our group entered. The winning entry wasn’t everybody's choice as we all felt there were at 2 other sculptures that were far better. On both visits to the beach we had to walk past the ice cream shop so compulsory ice creams were the order of the day. Sunday night was spent at the Cosmopolitan club where again with local members and a few members from the Wainuiomata Caravan Club the club was extremely busy.
The beach along this coast between Rangitikei River at Tangimoan and the Manawatu River at Foxton is actually classified as a road with a 30KPH speed limit and on busy days is patrolled by Beach Wardens due to the ever present fisherman, swimmers and children.