Monday, 7 December 2009

A Journey to Whakatane

As you know I've been away with the motley crew from the Croquet Club of Jayne, Colleen and Gaynor at Whakatane (pronounced Fak a tarn ee) at a croquet tournament. I'll post some more on the tournament but the journey to and from the delightful town (rather unfairly dismissed, I thought, in Lonley Planet as pleasant or some such similarly bland adjective) is the subject of this posting. Firstly I should tell you where Whakatane is. Sometheing , I suspect, few New Zealanders know.


The journey there in pouring rain for nearly 6 hours in Lucy!

The road over The Ranges is steep and narrow and busy

and windy

and full of road works

and windy

but arriving home in The Bay makes it all worthwhile


  1. Good to hear you're back! ♥

    I can't say those pictures make me long to be "on the road" at all... More like thankful I don't have to, actually! ;)

    The landscape and trees looks astonishingly much like some parts of Sweden (except for the fact that you obviously drive on the left side of the road)...

  2. Wow, what beautiful country! A tight, wet, winding road with big trucks is not fun.
    I wonder how scary driving on the wrong side of the road is to a newcomer? Scares me just thinking about it!

  3. I last travelled that road over 20 years ago. It doesn't look to have changed much.