We are off on another adventure, meeting up with the ICA people for several weeks, starting in the Hawkes Bay. Why not leave a few days early, we decided, so we did. With the Manawatu Gorge Road closed forever, we took the alternative Saddle Road from Ashhust to Woodville. It’s been a while since we traveled this road, and just like the Pahiatua Track Road which we use frequently, was rather busy with cars and the inevitable big trucks.
Saddle Road, Manawatu
The hypnotic turning windmills soon appeared as we reached the summit, it’s always interesting to note that some turn faster than others. Just the way the wind flows past, I expect. The $100 million wind farm consists of 55 separate turbines capable of generating 1.65 MW each, representing a total capacity of 90.75 MW. Each turbine is atop a 70-metre-high (230 ft) tower. It is fitted with 3 blades each 35 metres in length.
Wind turbines at Te Apiti Windfarm
Lunch stop was at the very pretty Anzac Park, north of Norsewood According to the info board “A 500 year bush remnant untouched by fire or axe. An unique examples of conditions encountered by the 1872-75 settlers.” The last remaining 16 acres were preserved in 1912, renamed Anzac Park in 1916, and approved as a “Motorists Camping Ground” in 1929. A really beautiful place with bush walks aplenty, and a bargain at $2 each per night. No facilities, with the water tap and toilet block locked up tight, but most of us are self sufficient these days. No dogs allowed – so how come one was running around loose with a group of campers, I wonder?
Lunch stop over, it was time to get on our way. Next stop, Ericson Road NZMCA park for three nights, before meeting up with the ICA rally.