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NAPIER to MARTINBOROUGH to PICTON : 6th to 7th APRIL 2016

Longest place name in the world and the best B&B

The sun was shining as we rode out of Napier, would have loved more time here, this is an interesting City.
We diverted on the Old Coach Road to Porangahua and on to the Longest Place name in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.
The road was long and winding (I think that's a song!!) until we came across "it"
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Here's Aitch doing a Panoramic shot to get it all in -
Here goes - hope my spelling is correct :-
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu
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and there is absolutely nothing there except a sign - ridiculous.
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Next stop was Wimbledon - The Tavern had just opened and was ready for business - not exactly rush hour !
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We continued on through the Puketoi Range - quiet back road with some loose gravel on the corners and a smelly sheep truck or two just to keep our senses "alert"
I am quite fascinated by the ridges on the hillside where the sheep and cattle graze -
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I checked this out later at the bar with the "local" who told me the ridges are caused by sheep continuously walking across the hillside making tracks and eventually causing a ridge - I am not convinced yet!

We arrived at our B & B mid afternoon (Aitch & Jo had stopped at the Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre)
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The Martinborough Connection B&B - just gorgeous - and our hostess Barbara was charming.
We settled in and discovered we have a lovely big lounge with open fire, Cheese Biscuits & Wine all included. What more could we ask for ?
Steve and I walked into the town centre, sat on the corner, sampled a local wine or two and just relaxed watching the world go by.

Later we decided to get Fush & Chups take away and relaxed back in our comfortable lounge. So nice are being on the road for a while.

This morning (7th April) we were treated to an unbelievable spread for breakfast, all inclusive. I have to say this is the best value I have ever had at a B & B (and she charged less than originally quoted)

Leaving in beautiful sunshine this morning we rode over the Rimutaka Crossing. As Australians we tend to forget that New Zealand also fought in the First World War. 30 to 35,000 Infantrymen undertook the Rimutaka March across this valley destined to serve on the Western Front with the NZ division. This would have been in very harsh conditions and worst was to come.
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Its a bad photo (of a photo) but you can see the row on soldiers like ants crossing the hillside.
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Today its a sealed very smooth bitumen road winding its way around the cliff edge. Great riding if you don't get stuck behind Grandpa like we did.

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We arrived at Wellington in time for a discovery tour of the Retail Sector (that's me of course with Steve in tow) and a photographic journey around the harbour (Aitch & Jo)
Then we boarded the Interislander for our crossing back to Picton where we are staying for 2 nights.

Posted by MKaye 01:48 Archived in New Zealand

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