We packed up on Sunday morning, and said our goodbyes to the Dick and Elly, the camp owners. Dick had kindly brought us some freshly picked mandarins from his tree, which were gratefully accepted. Before departing, we moved closer to the tap to replenish our water tank, parking beside the large 5th Wheeler which Dick is working on before heading off on a trip. We always enjoy staying here, and are sure to be back again before too long.
Topping up the water tank
Travelling southwards through central Hawkes bay, we stopped off at Waipawa, the oldest inland town in Hawke’s Bay, to use the dump station. Waipawa was founded on the banks of the Waipawa River by runholder Frederick Abbott in 1860. The town, originally named Abbottsford, was located next to a ford in the river. Settlers preferred its Māori name, Waipawa. The tall clock tower was made as a war memorial and was unveiled on July 1922 by Governor General Lord Jellicoe to remember those men who died in the First World War.
Clock tower in Waipawa
Plenty of stock along the way
Our lunch stop was at Woodville, parked alongside the attractive Fountaine Square. Eating our chicken sandwiches in the van, we noticed a steady stream of cars stopping at the very handy adjacent ablution block.
Lunch stop at Woodville
On our way again, we whizzed past the “world famous in New Zealand” Tui Brewery tower at Mangtainoka. For those who don’t know, Tui beer is the beer of choice for good keen Kiwi blokes, and is supposedly made here, so the adverts tell us, by a bevy of beauties in skimpy clothes! But you can’t believe everything you see on TV.
Tui Brewery Tower
We turned right at Pahiatua township, over the interesting concrete arched bridge to start our trip over the Tararua Ranges on the Pahiatua Track.
The blue skies had disappeared, it was getting cold and windy, and the weather was trying it’s best to rain with dark clouds gathering overhead. But all Mother Nature could conjure up was a little drizzle here and there along the way. Thank goodness for that, there is nothing worse than unpacking the van in the rain, so we were safe from that indignity. I’m always amazed at just how quickly we can unpack the van when we return home, compared to the time it takes to pack up for a trip away. With the fridge and bathroom cleaned, the van put back into it’s space, the laundry bag taken indoors, we are all ready for the next trip away.