This year’s Easter escape didn’t take Gregor and me where we had intended to go. Right before Good Friday, a cyclone tore through our part of the world. Luckily, Auckland and anywhere southwards was spared the worst.
So it was just VERY wet but otherwise warm and humid. Just what you’d expect from a tropic storm.
The campground we had booked was closed because of the deluge, and so we drove a but further South towards Paeroa where we camped in the Karangahake Gorge.
This area is quite extraordinary with its amazingly steep and deep gorges:
The river looks pretty tame now but in the days before our visit, the water must have been around 2 to 3 metres higher telling by the debris along its banks. All the rivers were still quite swollen with most gravel banks submerged, and I cannot even imagine would they would be like during and right after the cyclone. Big raging torrents I suppose.
With the landscape still more than saturated with water, we adjusted our footwear accordingly.
Tramping boots cyclone style:
The main attraction why we had decided on the Paeroa area for our Easter trip are the mineral pools. This time, we treated ourselves to an hour in the mineral spa with private tubs.
Gregor and I taking a soak:
Not sure what the mineral composition is but the water had a rich soft feel to it and no hint of sulfur. Very pleasant and very relaxing.
We also explored the historic relics of the wood logging era.
Massive Kauri trunks were carted out on little wagons, one of which was still around:
Yet another fantastic weekend away for us in an otherwise challenging year.