After our two day stop over in Wanganui we headed north to the little seaside settlement of Mowhanau. Along the road towards the camp is Bason Botanical Gardens which was bequeathed to the people of Wanganui by the Bason family and administered by the local council. As we had time to spare and the weather was good we called in for a visit.
Compared to some Botanical Gardens they are small but with other family bequests they have been made into a family friendly area with 3 free gas BBQ’s for picnic’s, trail’s through planted area’s and 2 hot houses for tropical plant displays. Well worth a visit.
At Mowhanau we met up with the rest of the club members for our Easter Rally. The camp filled up quite rapidly over Thursday and Friday to the extent that it would have been necessary to hang out the No Vacancy sign. We have never seen a camp so full for a very long time which just goes to show that camping is still alive and well.
Over the week-end we had a beach hike where we collected articles for a beach art competition. Another competition was a sand drawing using glue and sand on a A4 sheet of paper. Judging was done by the camp proprietor. Our entry didn’t win but our beach art entry was taken to be displayed in the camp’s coffee bar.
On the Sunday a picnic was organised to take place in the Bason Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately the weather had deteriorated overnight but it did hold up long enough for a slightly windy picnic before the rain arrived an hour or so later.