Monday, January 23, 2012

Driving slowly up Te Mata Peak I could see the Ruahine, Kaweka, Maungaharuru Ranges and Cape Kidnappers. It was too hazy with low cloud so I couldn't find Ruapehu. What a stunning series of eroded limestone ridges caused by the collision of tectonic plates. We just missed one of the area's frequent tremors. Amazing to get  such an over view of the surroundings, we noted the wineries along the Tukituki river but more about that later. Originally  settled by the Maori the almost 100 hectare Park is held in trust for the people of Hawke's Bay and is popular for many outdoor pursuits, we saw a launching ramp for abseiling, wind socks, trails disappearing over cliff, and hairy bikes tracks.

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