Friday, 1 February 2013


Day 12. A second visit to the Army museum was the order of the day to read some more of the mountains of information available.  After an hour or so it was time to move on, first stop Taihape.

Type V Prism road blocks made during WWII in case of invasion by the Japanese.Type V Prism road blocks made during WWII in case of invasion by the Japanese.Waiouru Army museum at sunset.Waiouru Army Museum at sunset last evening.

We all needed a few bits and pieces from the supermarket which didn’t take long to procure. At the bottom of the downhill run towards Mangaweka we turned off across the Mangawharariki River Valley.

Derek disappearing of the bridge over the Mangawharariki river.Derek disappearing of the bridge over the Mangawharariki River.

After crossing the river on a one way bridge the climb was up through Greywacke cliffs which appear to shed rocks quite frequently.

Bridge over the Mangawharariki riverBridge over the Mangawharariki river with Greywacke cliffs behind.

I had one lump the size of a cricket ball come rolling down the hill across my path but it landed in the centre of the road and I just rode over the top. We seemed to be climbing for ever and looking down to the valley floor below was getting more hair raising as we proceeded.

Soft stone cliffs above the Mangawharariki river.Soft Greywacke cliffs above the Mangawharariki River.

We eventually dropped down into another valley to Rangiwahia domain where a nice little campsite is available. With 3  power points, toilets and water it has all that we require for a couple of days stopover.

Our awning get's another airing.Derek and Don trying to escape under our awning from the heat of the midday sun.


Tom and Jan said...

Ah Hunterville...... I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Hunterville. Mum and Dad were married in the Hunterville church back in 1950 :-)

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Tom and Jan

These coincidences keep coming! At times I wish we were back on the canals with you.