Day 3 and we were off to Manaia the home of Yarrows Bakery. This family owned business is now run by the third generation. The shop was certainly popular as we joined the queue for some very cheap bread, savouries, pasties and lots of other lovely baking.
The prices were amazing with Xmas mince pies $2.50 for a dozen, exotic bread for $2 a loaf and very cheap mix and match biscuits and pasties.
This area of Taranaki used to be considered the granary of the South Pacific but improvement in growing and harvesting saw this all change just before WW I and dairy farming took over.
After lunch we headed out to the Tawhiti Museum and the Traders and Whalers display.The latter has been 5 years in the planning and production and is a credit to the designers and builders. Covering the history of the Taranaki coast between 1820 and 1840. Using very realistic life size diorama’s it covers the interaction between the local Maori tribes and early seafarers and whalers.
This trading caused quite a lot of problems among Maori tribes when some tribes obtained guns and started to attack tribes who were unable to protect themselves. Eventually this imbalance was corrected with traders supplying all the tribes and European soldiers being bought in as peace keepers and rounding up the trouble makers and shipping them out of the area.
We last visited the Tawhiti Museum about 15 years ago so it was interesting to see what changes had taken place. Basically being a museum of agriculture it was interesting to see the improvement in tractors and machinery over the years.
It was amazing to see what devices had been developed by the farmers to improve their lot. One such machine was a milking machine which was patented and sold world wide.