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Home again ...

Come on a journey across the Napier - Taihape Road. North Island. NZ.
This is the inland secondary route that connects to the central North Island and the Tongariro National Park from Hawkes Bay.
Originally an ancient Maori trail to the interior from Hawkes Bay , followed by pack horses bringing out wool from the very large sheep stations and tourists who were attracted to the hot springs and mountain air.
It is now under going a major upgrade to eventually become a national highway. The road is often closed in winter and care should be taken at all times.
The distance is 134 km and the road is approx 700 metres above sea level.
There are no petrol stations or cell phone coverage .
Enjoy ... it is a great journey .

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Feb 15 2010 22:26 GMT MCCCXIV
nice photo and great narrative to go with it Margaret... and I love the lone sheep on top of the hill :-D
Feb 15 2010 22:29 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Scott ... one for your next trip to NZ :)
Feb 16 2010 00:22 GMT martini957
A gorgeous place to visit
Feb 16 2010 04:01 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Nancy .. come on down :))
Feb 16 2010 04:26 GMT fhelsing PRO
I'm glad that the road was open!
Feb 16 2010 04:29 GMT MargNZ
So were we Fleur ! Thank you :))
Feb 16 2010 07:55 GMT eleni78 PRO
fantastic place Marg, u so lucky to live in NZ..it is so green!
Feb 16 2010 08:39 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Eleni ... we have had a very wet summer !
Feb 16 2010 08:50 GMT teddybear2
great view
Feb 16 2010 20:22 GMT jmcdh
A beautiful place for a drive
Feb 18 2010 23:46 GMT Poulet PRO
Great view!
Feb 19 2010 01:08 GMT MargNZ
Thank you all for your nice comments :)