James & Christine Round the World 2008 travel blog

Paloma gardens Near Wanganui

Mt Taranaki (Egmont) from Peter & Kathleen's

Once again its time to pack the case and move on.

We're driving today to visit my brother and his wife in Manaia in the Taranaki region.

The day is already warming up when we set off, making sure we've left everything tidy, locked the doors and remembered to leave the key behind.

Our first stop was at Foxton as we drive through Foxton whenever we take Stuart back to or pick up from cambridge although obviously they are far apart. There is a windmill and some colourful murals on the walls.

Driving well into the country we went to Paloma gardens near Fordell, North East of Wanganui. The gardens are several kilometres along a very windy and hilly road and it makes us realise how young, geologically, New Zealand is as the hills and valleys are very steep.

The gardens included many cactus and desert plants as well as some tropical plants which were doing very well in the drought New Zealand has been experiencing. They were also very cutting as you walked past making us question the sign at the gate which said the gardens were a "clothes optional" area!!!

Driving on to Wanganui we enjoyed a break at Virginia lake where we have often stopped before and then drove on to Hawera and Manaia.

It was great to see Peter & Kathleen again and we look forward to the next few days.

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