As we approached Mahia this was our first glimpse of the area across the Bay. Obviously the sea was very important to early Maori settlements for food and transportation.
On a hill just above Mahia looking back across the Bay where the previous pictures were taken. This area is obviously sacred ground to our family for it was in this area in 1830 KORONGATO – comments are below each photo
Tokomare Bay - Sister Perron and I pulled off of the Pacific Coast Highway to take a walk on the beach, stretch our legs and see what kind of sea shells we might see. After a few minutes we drove a small road back up the Bay towards what appeared to be a small village and ran into some history.
Seems this was all history by the time I arrived in New Zealand in 1963.
historic settlements, untamed native bush and stunning natural scenery. We began in the town of Stratford and ended in Taumarunui on the Central Plateau. What the GPS said was to be a three hour drive took much longer as we stopped to take photographs.
The Forgotten world Highway goes through some rugged, beautiful countryside. It climbs three saddles, including the Strathmore Saddle, the Whangamomona saddle and the Tahora Saddle. This tunnel was built in 1936 and is known locally as the Hobbit's Hole, although the official name is Moki Tunnel. Home of fossilized giant crabs, the tunnel floor was lowered in 1989 to allow access for triple-decked stock trucks.
Along the Forgotten World Highway Elder Perron checks out the beautiful foliage.
And that my friends is the end of this blog. We hope you enjoyed the little trip with us.
Until we write again....Aroha nui.