Two weeks at Matata

Anyone would think that with all this so called free time on our hands that we would be flat out writing blog posts, but no, we just don’t seem to have had the time.  We have been keeping ourselves well and truly occupied I can assure you.   In between fishing and sightseeing, the odd bit of work has been done and much socialising has been achieved.  But first let’s recap the highlights of our stay at the Matata DoC camp.  Well, one of the first things we must acknowledge are the lovely hot showers that are provided at the camp, all operated by coin, just pop in a 50c piece and a hot 4 minute shower follows.  Now I know that 4 minutes does not sound like a very long time for those of you who languish under the never ending supply of hot water with no concerns of where that water will go to once you have finished, but I challenge you all to time just how long it takes for you to shower.  For those of us used to conserving water, power and waste water, 4 minutes is plenty of time to have a good shower. And for a real bit of luxury all we needed to do was add another coin to the box and enjoy an 8 minute shower!!  Sheer bliss.  

Whilst other parts of the country have been plagued with either severe flooding, snow, freezing temperatures or a combination of all the above, we too have had the odd bit of rain, as well as some mightily chilly nights. Of course it’s all relative to how cold it is, but we have become true wimps about the cold since hitting the warmer Northern climes.  Any time the temperature gauge gets into single digits has us rushing for the thermals, scarves and wooly hats! 

The wind has only occasionally played our game to blow from the correct quarter at the right strength so that we can again have a go at kite fishing.  It really had been a team effort with Pat & Sue helping us get our rig sorted and working efficiently.  Not that it has been all plain sailing mind you, this is what happens to a kite when you forget to put on the buoyancy balls which assist in keeping the kite afloat should it land in the water, especially when the seas are running with a heavy swell!

Our kite rig is a little different to those we have usually seen, in that ours is what is called a dropper rig set up, so it has taken us a few goes with it to establish what to do and when to do it and who does what job.  After initial misgivings, I have come to realise that it is actually a very good system and before long we had success.

These two beauties were caught one lovely sunny afternoon, in fact just as we were hailing them in, John and his daughter Jenny just happened to call by so we have witnesses to attest to the fact that fish were caught and they were of a reasonable size as well.

Another day and I tagged along with Pat & Sue for a trip out the Lake Tarawera which is accessed through a forestry road at the back of Kawerau.  Roy had a bit of work to do so he stayed behind to get what he needed done as he was off to Taupo the following morning to see a client.  The three of us went into Kawerau to first get a permit  which is required to access the forestry road.  There is also a waterfall within a short walk off another road but by the time we had finished at Lake Tarawera it was far too late (and cold) to take the walk.  However we did have a good look a round the DoC camp at the Lake and whilst looking into the river that feeds the Lake we could see scores of trout.  Pat just so happened to have his fly rod with him (and he has a licence) so he spent a wee while trying to tempt a trout onto the end of his line.  Unfortunately he didn’t have any luck but we did see a nice one landed by a local who told us that he thought the fishing was very tough and he was sure the only reason he caught one was by sheer accident! 

I tried to take some photos of all the trout in the stream but not with great success, this was the best I could do.

Then on our last day at Matata the winds were finally settled into a good pattern and strength so it was a day spent on the beach with the kite out and hooks in the water, one was caught on the first run out and then another two later on. 

 Sorry the picture quality is not the best but by the time we were back at the van it was dark as well as freezing cold and taking pictures with the iPad by torchlight is not the best quality.  I have to admit that I did not stay on the beach for the last set, as I had come down with a horrid head cold, so I was tucked up in a warm van when the others arrived back with the big fish.  Not that it got me out of filleting them all though, which is not an easy job when you are filleting  it by head torch with the temperature well down at around 4 degrees with a strong cold wind blowing lowering that temperature to somewhere where extremities were completely  numbed.  But it was soon all cleaned up, portioned out between us and fish definitely on the menu for the next night.

All in all a lovely stay at Matata where we could relax, enjoy the fine weather on the beach and snug as a bug I n the vans when the weather was inclement.  



One Response to “Two weeks at Matata”

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