Takapau to Ashhurst

Catching up…

We had been going to go straight to Ashhurst after leaving Takapau, but strong winds forced us to reconsider.

We didn’t fancy doing the Saddle Road in gusty winds towing a caravan, as coming down the plains from Takapau was so bad, we feared being blown off the road.

We made a decision to stop in Dannevirke Campground (#3961) as the weather forecast for the following day was better.

A great little camp this, we’ve stayed here before , last November. (Click the link to read.)

We were glad we’d broken the journey as the next day the wind had dropped and we made the trip to Ashhurst safely.

Stopping first in Woodville though, for lunch at The Nibbley Pig (recommended)…

and browsing the antique and collectables shops (there are several) was fun…

along with other quirky stuff…

Travelling over the Saddle Road from Woodville, you see these turbines up close and they make an impressive sight.

Te Apiti Wind Farm is owned and operated by Meridian Energy. There are 55 turbines over 1.250 hectares of farmland supplying electricity to the national grid.

When we arrived at Ashhurst Domain we could see the turbines from our camp site.

The Ashhurst Domain (no number in the app) is a campground for CSC vehicles though there are toilets and showers (hot showers cost $2, cold showers free).

At $10 per person for a powered site, or $7.50 unpowered, we thought it was good value. The office is unmanned but there are envelopes available and a slot to post the envelope with your money in.

The Ashhurst Cemetery is right next door so the neighbours are quiet. You can just see our caravan over the back…

There are walks, mature trees, and a playground by the parking lot. A lovely spot, and I’m sure we will return.

While in Ashhurst, we caught up with my cousin Julie at The Herb Farm, a lovely cafe just out of town. They grow herbs of all kinds and along with the cafe, have a business creating 100% natural skin care and healthcare products. Click on link for more info

https://www.herbfarm.co.nz/

We were intending, after leaving Ashhurst, to take the Manawatū Scenic Route through the Pohangina valley, but the week was disappearing too fast (as it often does!)

Knowing we would be heading to Auckland on Friday for a family event over Auckland’s Anniversary holiday weekend, it would have meant rushing the trip, so it will have to wait for another time.

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