Day 2 of our Road Trip saw us going for another Bush Walk. I wasn’t sure if the Little Ones Legs would be up for it but they skipped out of the car like mountain goats so off we went.
The Ohakune Old Coach road follows the road of the old bridle path that was finished in 1886. It was used for coaches to carry passengers and goods between the two railheads of the main trunk line from Auckland to Wellington in the North Island. You can still see the rock pavers that were added to the road in 1885 when it was updated to a dray road and so needed to be more durable.
The walk begins with wonderful vews of farmland
I couldn’t help thinking of Devon with those lush, rolling hills and farm gates. Then, as we rounded the corner into the Kiwi bush we entered Hobbitville…..
moss covered trees….
and what I think might be Himalayan Honeysuckle or Leycesteria Formosa….but I could be completely wrong. I’m no Alan Titchmarsh I’m afraid….!
As we came out of the bush we saw the spectacular Hapuawhenua Viaduct that was built in 1907-1908 to finish off the main trunk railway.
I loved the symmetry of the design with it’s 13 concrete piers and it’s gracelful curves. It was designed by Peter Seton Hay, Superintending Engineer of the Public Works Department and has a Category I Historic Places status from Historic Places Trust. The viaduct is 284 metres long and at its maximum it stands 45 metres high. Impressively it was still in use until 1987 when the line was realigned and a new viaduct was built. A spectacular piece of railway engineering heritage even if you’re not the typical Trainspotter type of individual (and I’m not at all I promise….no navy anorack for me!!)
We also saw buckets….
It was at this point that my family and friends thought I’d lost the plot (“Mummy, why are you taking photos of rusty old buckets?”) so we set off steadily munching jelly snake lollies.