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Day 5

Napier - Taupo: Waterfalls, Museums, Cathedral

Trelinnoe Park @Te Pohue, Hastings Trelinnoe Park @Te Pohue, Hastings

Highlights of the day

  • MTG Hawke’s Bay
  • National Aquarium
  • Waiapu Cathedral
  • Trelinnoe Park
  • Waipunga Falls

The high passes of the Napier Taupo highway have hidden delights from a subalpine arboretum with its mature trees and rhododendrons to waterfalls a short easy walk from the car park. The sweeping road was a feat in construction giving Napier a vital overland link to the central North Island. The Opepe Reserve, just before the entrance to Taupo is a relic of the NZ Land Wars with its colonial cemetery and the relics of the nineteenth century sawmilling which saw the destruction of ancient forests. The road is a story of NZ’s growth in the twentieth century as well as a reflection on the past. The road follows, in part, traditional Maori routes.

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