Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Waipakihi Road Camping Trip


Last week Hugh had  a few days in the outback, and here are  some  of his photos. The Wonky Wagon was a transporter for the Quad bike, then doubled as a bedroom, cooking done under that wonderful tent canopy I so bravely manufactured last year!!! No fish, no deer, but days full of fun and adventure.

A Fishing Pool, accessible by walking a long way, or taking the quad bike on a narrow metal track for  several kilometres.

Pool on the Waipakihi River

Waipakihi River, not far from where I took my photos the other week.

Waipakahi River pool #2

Mt Ruapehu, Central Plateau, North Island, the Eastern view.

Mt Ruapehu from the East #1

Up above a fishing pool.

Waipakahi River near a fishing pool

One of many tracks in the bush.

track in the bush  #4

The Wonky Wagon ,  transport,  kitchen and bedroom compartment,   what more could a man want when in the great outdoors???

Waipakahi Road , Hugh's camping spot

Quotation of the day, from Aristotle, 384 BC - 324 BC

“ In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”

Greetings from Jean


Linda said...

Jean, your photos are majestic!!!

Nancy J said...

Thanks Linda, but I must give all credit to Hugh, taken on his Canon 40D Camera. I did a little PP, for framing but that was all. taken in almost the same place as mine the other week, but he went further along the river to the fishing pools. Cheers, Jean.

Karen said...

Gorgeous shots of a fantastic place! I miss this kind of camping! I bet you had a wonderful time!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a fun way to go camping. The views and scenery are beautiful. Wonderful series of photos. Have a happy day!

Georgia said...

And your tent looks phenomenal!

Our photos said...

Nice photos!

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome! such a beautiful area! i remember you making that tarp. glad you had the chance to put it to use!

Ela said...

Wonderful place and amazing photos

Carol Mattingly said...

Nice outfit he has there. Looks like he was off the beaten path. We still have snow showers. Spring in 39 days Jean. I'm waiting.

Hannah said...

It looks very pristine, is the vegetation pretty much native? What kind of fish are in the river? The white sand is pretty, and the water looks very clear. Is it warm enough to swim? Looks like a great place to camp, and your equipment looks comfy.

Urban Rundström said...

Hi: Lovley weather and a wonderful nature and of course very fine photos. Have a nice day. //Urban

KB Bear said...

I love the name "Wonky Wagon". It looks like Hugh visited some beautiful country! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy J said...

Hi all. to answer some comments and questions... yes, very off the main road, no toilets, power, or much of a road at all, just a track, the trees and bush, all NZ natives, beech forest, Manuka, and tussock grass, this area is 942 metres above sea level, so lots of snow there in the winter, the river would be running too fast to swim in, and up there, probably too cold even now in the summer. And trout, brown and rainbow, but he didn't catch one to keep!!! The Wonky Wagon, one side of the frame was about 1.5cm too wide, the clamp slipped as Hugh was welding, so Wonky it is, and a lot easier than putting up a tent. And yes, he said the tarp/tent worked very well!!!this is a popular place for families to camp in the summer school holidays. Maybe next time I might go too. Cheers to all, Jean.

Lindsjö taxar said...

It looks great!!
Would love to do a trip like that in your country.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Your photos are so wonderful and this looks like such a fun outing!

Jim said...

Aristotle knew the beauty to be had in nature....and do you both! Nothing more glorious than a flowing river and mountains in the background!
Thanks Jean for this yet another insight into your beautiful countryside.

Nicky said...

Great photos Hugh, that camp setup looks just right for the job. Looks like you had great weather too!

Quinn said...

Hi Jean - thanks for your comment on Comptonia! Your pictures are making me sigh for color and warmth and outdoor activity that doesn't require a down coat.
In case you don't see my response, I've offered to bring you some snow...it worked in Portugal, and I wasn't even trying! ;)

Here I Am Carrie said...

Oh Jean I just love your camping excursion. God I so need to go somewhere camping. I am getting tired of this being a homebody here at the Salton Sea. The days are just running together. You have just inspire me. This weeks project is to get stuff together to go camping a couple nights in our truck.