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Old 21-05-2019, 04:17 PM   #66
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MAGIC MORNING MAP!



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A bag of snappy twisties and some sweepers of the Forgotten World Highway, then tacking north on Moki Rd. to check out Dempster Falls.













It's most certainly worth the stop and short walk...and quite something at its 74m drop!



















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Old 21-05-2019, 04:17 PM   #67
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Without any signs around I overshoot the Kiwi Rd. turnoff but notice the "bush-track" leading into the greenery...time to get back to that after the odo keeps rolling way past what my notes tell me. What's up with Kiwi Rd. then?
a) it's supposed to be tight, a little rough around the edges, prone to slips after rain and a bastard to ride when wet
b) it's also deemed non-essential to the local road network and slated to be closed in the not too distant future to save maintenance costs




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Old 21-05-2019, 04:18 PM   #68
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Let's go through again...just for the hell of it, aye?






Orrite...time to pack up and zigzag some more gravel up to the coast...and lunch at Urenui.

Oh man...this is just awesome!!
























Yep, they're all over the place here...Moki Tunnel (from memory) and just up the road from the Kiwi Tunnel








Yet another little gem...Kaka Rd., just east of Okoki.
The (Tara-) "Naki" just keeps giving!!







Time to go for air at the Mud Bay Cafe in Urenui, top up the tanks to the absolute brim to have enough fuel to get us through the afternoon AND back out of the 'Naki and into Piopio the next morning without a time-sapping fuel-run.
The 4Square Supermarket next door is also quite well stocked to look after the required shopping for dinner and brecky in the middle of no-where
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Old 22-05-2019, 01:09 PM   #69
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When route-planning the 2week NZ loop for a troupe of then-6, things kept hitting the wall around this area.
Plenty of accom choices (and bearable prices) around the edges...Taumarunui/ Stratford or along the coast to the north... but virtually nothing around the center but Whangamamona.
And "Whanga" charges like wounded bulls!

Then there is no fuel right along that SH43/ Forgotton World Hwy nor any of its offshoots.

There's a school-camp type of thing at Te Wera which I kept coming back to.
BYO supplies, not too far from fuel to make it out of the general area the next day...but no replies to emails/ phone calls.

Then booking.com threw up the " Mill House", a then-new listing of a renovated 1900's farmhouse along the SH43 aka FWH (Forgotton World Highway) 10k's west of Whangamamona.
A quick email resulted in the offer of a leg-'o-lamb dinner for the crew from their own farm + garden @ $25/ head....if nothing else, that alone sealed the deal.

With enough beds and dinner sorted, I worked out the distances and fuel requirements and figured we'd make it out of the 'Naki and into Piopio the next morning if going easy on the throttle and no "shit happened"
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Not quite my usual MO, but the best available.
Nail it!

Urenui had to come up with the rest then...and it did.

The Mill House (Amanda):
https://www.facebook.com/millhouse15/
Booking. com : https://isn.page.link/X8Bd


Off the coastal highway in a jiffy...






MAGIC AFTERNOON MAP:


https://isn.page.link/JtEr




...to check out the historic Bertrand Rd. bridge, saved from "upgrading" by the local folks initiating a community project. Good on 'em!




















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Old 22-05-2019, 01:10 PM   #70
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The Everett & Tarata Rd. combo turns out a magic rollercoaster... a totally deserted band-of-tar singing + swinging through the rural backblocks to the Waitara River bridge at Purangi.












Continuing the drift west now on gravel, Junction Rd. continues the theme of "GREEN"-overload of farming hills and dales broken by big swathes of timber plantations.











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