It’s always a bit sad when you get back home after tripping around this wonderful country of ours. The main aim of our trip was to travel across the Gentle Annie Road, from Napier to Taihape, one we had not previously travelled. This road, known historically as Gentle Annie, (152 kms) is now a lot gentler on travellers than it used to be. It used to be one of those unsealed roads which people towing caravans kept well away from. The steep gradient from the Kaweka forest into the plateau gives the Gentle Annie road its name. It also marks the halfway point between Taihape and Napier.
These days the surface is a sealed two lane road, albeit quite narrow, with some very steep parts. This is a spectacular part of the North Island, quite remote with high-country sheep stations which farm Merino sheep. We travelled 924 kms on this trip.