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North Island Roadie, Patea to Whanganui

Patea to Whanganui


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22nd May 2021
18degrees, sneaky cold wind

First morning coffee at Mana Beach-a freedom camping spot just outside the Patea Beach Camp. When we arrived there was already a man in a car parked, so Sal asked if he would want a cup of coffee also, which he declined. It soon became apparent why he was parked there as lots of cars arrived with their dogs in tow for a morning walk. It proved to be quite a social outing. This man was telling Sal that the Waipipi Wind Farm that we could see much clearer now, has 36 towers.
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As we drove out of Patea we noticed beautiful metal sculptures on top of poles along the road, e.g. the stingray.
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Our drive towards Whanganui was pleasant although we did go through heavy fog. The waterways are planted up much more extensively than in the South Island.

After we attended to some matters we were keen to go to the Farmers Market held Saturday mornings in Whanganui. It was bustling with every man and his dog there. We visited the I-Site and were recommended to go to the War Memorial on top of Durie Hill. Sal and Maddie walked up the steps to the top for a pretty good view over the city then it was time to walk about the streets and visit some of the spots that took our interest.
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Our first stop was the NZ Glass Works where they were conducting a workshop so we could see the process in action. Lovely works and too many temptations really.
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Needed a smoothie to re-energise then went to an Art Exhibition called “The Keeper of Secrets”. We had read a review in the paper and knew that it would be confronting. Much as we had seen beautiful things prior, to this, this was about the dark side of life in particular sexual abuse. It was one woman’s journey to finding herself through art using sculpted figurines that depicted her struggle and emerge from the defences constructed to endure this assault on her being.

We felt somewhat shell shocked when we came out and then went onto Rick Rudd’s Museum of Studio Ceramics. He has an extensive collection and we loved identifying various potters.
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Even though I was disappointed that it is not actually at the ‘seaside’ the camp itself had wonderful facilities. We walked to the beach later on, and it is not the prettiest we have been to. But what was fantastic were the roadside plantings. It had been recommended to us to try the Citadel Restaurant and it proved to be great. I had the best seafood chowder I have ever had. Maddie was allowed inside as well while we had our meal.
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During the night we heard some kids having a very noisy time by the beach, and when we left in the morning we were really disappointed to see some of the road side gardens damaged.

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A wonderfully colourful section of your journey!
Lucky you!!

by Lulu

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