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Old 19-05-2019, 07:49 PM   #61
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Looking down the lava-fields...
....and don't even THINK about coming off here, NO protective bike gear will last past the first 4 feet

















All the usual snow-kit...Austrian Doppelmayr skilifts, snow-guns ...but in a somewhat intimidating setting.








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Old 20-05-2019, 02:11 PM   #62
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What a pile of volcanic rubble....now pulling its shroud again.










Time to leave, there's just a little unease about the place.













A couple of shots around Raurimu along the SH4 in the vain search for some railway-spiral...











...before another short search for the "slip-in" into Hikumutu Rd. in the small town of Owhango.
Yep, found that one!
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Old 20-05-2019, 02:13 PM   #63
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And thus starts a highly enjoyable couple of afternoon hours that will deliver is to Tauramunui...via the backblocks!

They're just widening the road for us...




















Hikumutu Rd. is turning into a cracker the further west we get...









The Upper/ Middle Whanganui River, where it kinks from it's east-west Taranaki leg and runs south past the Bridge to Nowhere, Pipiriki and down into the ocean at Whanganui.


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Old 20-05-2019, 02:24 PM   #64
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As mentioned above...
...the Home away from Home.
A hasty booking.com search the night before had produced a freshly listed place, a B+B just at the edge of town. Little did we know that we'd be welcomed like long-lost family!

https://www.rangaroa-heights.com/ for the direct contact...or find them on booking.com.

Beautiful place...in the most gorgeous setting, close to town but out-in-the-sticks at the same time. Then add the most friendly and genuine hosts you could think of.
Crowning the whole affair was the home-cooked Venison Shepherd's Pie, a bottle or 2, lots of laughs and plenty of talk.
Repeat for breakfast!


A BIG THANKS to Helen and Tony, wish we'd had more time to stick around longer.
















...and then the nibblies came out !!






Ant nipped off for a quick look around Tauramunui
(LOVE your pics, mate !!)



























....and for that venison pie you really have to book yourself in.....DEVINE!!
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Old 21-05-2019, 04:16 PM   #65
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The ties are still there...railway-town Taumarunui shows its best side.
With hosts like Helen and Tony this was never going to be an early departure... but, like the night before, a highly enjoyable one.
Thanks for a fantastic stay!





The leisurely cruise of Kururau Rd., swapping asphalt for gravel every so often while following the lines of autumn-coloured poplars framed by the low hills either side is a delight.

If the weather holds, this will be another fabulous Taranaki-day, like many before it. No rush, no pressure...just slowly drifting west while trying to soak up the pictures as a whole.
From the blue skies above to the leaves under the tyres....and EVERYTHING in between.









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