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March 8, 2016

We are becoming used to changing our plans, in fact, it’s getting to the stage that we should not even bother to make plans. We arrived in Feilding Monday afternoon and found Timona Park, a huge complex of large open spaces, rugby fields, soccer/football pitches, athletics tracks, pony club fields and much more all surrounded by a network of roads with large parking areas for self contained motorhomes around the edges with a river on the boundary.

  Parked up in amongst the trees
The plan was to stay the night and then head off Tuesday morning to meet up with Pat & Sue in Alfredton where we would stay for a night or two before heading down toward Masterton for the Wairarapa Harvest Wine Festival this weekend.  Well, you know what is coming don’t you? Yep, plans changed again!  We woke on Tuesday morning to gale force winds rocking us around and on checking with Pat & Sue they too had terrible winds which is not conducive weather for travelling.  

So we stay anther night here at Timona Park and…..dare I say it?…..plan to move on tomorrow, but this time to a park just out of Masterton, close to where the Wine festival is being held.  Meanwhile we have a good look around Fielding as its been a very long time since we have been through here and I must say it is a very tidy prosperous looking small town.  

So let’s hope this wind abates and we can get back on track.

Destination Rangiwahia……..perhaps!

March 7, 2016

Where is Rangiwahia you may ask? just as we did when we decided to head for it.  But first, a bit of backtracking.

Saturday afternoon we spent at Antony’s place doing a bit of cooking to fill up his freezer as well as cooking dinner for us all as Ron & Janet were coming round to join us. We spent a lovely evening quietly catching up on everyone’s news and generally putting the world to rights.

We made the decision to leave Auckland on Sunday and head straight down the middle of the country to Taupo.  After saying hooray to Antony with fingers crossed that he has no more serious painful events, we left Ardmore mid morning heading south with neither of us daring to say anything about leaving the bright lights.  We arrived in Taupo in the late afternoon heading straight to the NZMCA park at the airport.  Barry & Sandra live at the airport so it was a good opportunity to meet up with them and share news.

Monday morning we were up and off, climbing up onto the Central Plateau where we noticed a considerable drop in temperatures.  The mountains were covered in a cloak of cloud and I was so mesmerised by watching the landscape in front of me that I forgot to take any pictures!!!  A stop at the Waiouru Army Museum for a welcome cuppa was in order.  Whilst we were there we made enquiries regarding centennial commemorations of the battles of Paschendaele next year as this was where Roy’s father was injured in 1917.  Gathering the information we sought it as time to get back on the road.  We had programmed the ever helpful GPS to talk us to Rangiwahia, off the beaten track a little and somewhere we had never previously been.

   Rangiwahia is where the red pin is.  

After travelling along State Highway One for some time, the turn off soon appeared.  The road quickly became very narrow, winding and started to steeply climb through some amazing country.  Although the drop off over the edge was, in places, a little breathtakingly too sheer for me to look and Roy was intently concentrating on the road ahead.


We soon arrived at Rangiwahia,obviously a thriving village at some stage but now there is little remaining part from a hall, a playground and a couple of houses.

  The Hall and the parking area.

As we had made reasonable time, we made the decision to continue moving on, we had come up with a few options of where to go, but in the end we ended up at Timona Park in Fielding.  The park is huge with plenty of room for parking and is very pleasant.  I will post pictures in the next entry as it is a little too dark to venture out now .