I know we’ve been a bit quiet on here lately, and that’s because we’ve temporarily re-located to Putaruru in South Waikato to look after friend’s property while they’re away for a few weeks.
A little history about Putaruru first –
A settlement first appeared about 1886 when the railway line to Rotorua was being constructed, but it was in 1905 that a township was surveyed, when the Crown acquired some land surrounding this settlement.
The Taupo Totara Timber Company had a mill here to process timber from it’s Taupo forests, using a tramway for transportation, and in the 1920s construction of the Arapuni dam on the Waikato River also boosted the population.
In 1947 it became a borough, with a population of 1160 people.
Through the 1940s to 1970s timber milling saw the town thrive, but changes in the industry by the 1980s caused a decline in the population which continued through the following decades. In 2008 the main company at the time, Carter Holt Harvey, closed it’s mill. Farming has also played a big part in the district’s economy, and still does.
Pride in Putaruru is a local initiative to boost business and promote the town, and because of it’s ideal location in the centre of the Waikato district, travel distances to major centres like Rotorua, Hamilton and Tauranga are all under an hour.
Te Waihou Blue Spring Walk is just out of town, and it’s not just a walk in the park.
This is a beautiful walk alongside the Waihou River to the Blue Spring. It can be accessed from either Whites Rd or Leslie Rd. The walk to the actual spring is longer from the Whites Rd end, the total distance is 4.8 kms one way and takes about 1 1/2 hours each way. It’s an easy walk, with board walks, and some farm land.
And yes, there are a couple of these along the way.
A pump station further on pumps water to Putaruru for the local supply. It’s interesting to note that 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water comes from this spring.
John was waiting for us in the car park at the Leslie Rd end, and we had taken quite a bit longer than anticipated because of stopping to take photos and enjoying the spectacular scenery, so at this point he telephoned to see where we were!
NZMCA MOTORHOME CARAVAN & LEISURE SHOW, MYSTERY CREEK
It’s been about 4 years since we went to the Covi show in Auckland. It was before we bought our Mitsubishi Canter and we were just considering buying a motorhome then, so we thought now we’ve had some experience, it’s definitely time to go again.