We were all packed up and on the road at 9am this morning! Our first stop was at the small village of Tirau (well-known for its supply of antiques stores) to photograph the corrugated iron ram and ewe.
Down a side street we found the Tirau Outhouse, a public facility full of character!
A lunch stop was made at Taupo but as the place was exceedingly busy it was a bit of a hassle and I was glad when we were back on the road (although we stopped to photograph the Big Bike first! – Taupo is known as a racing bike destination).
When we stopped at Major Jones Bridge in Turangi (named after a guy who used to go trout fishing here) I was not game enough to cross over. I am NOT a fan of swing bridges!
As we came through the central part of the North Island we made a long detour to see the Big Carrot at Ohakune. It was originally used in an advertising campaign and is now a popular place for tourists to stop.
Our final stop for the day is Taihape with its large corrugated iron Gumboot.
Our motel was a short walk from a Steak House restaurant and I had a most delicious Belly Pork dinner.
It has been a good day to start our trip. There has been some light rain this evening, but we remain optimistic that the weather will continue to be nice to us.
Until next time,