Another day, another adventure

04. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
Another day, another adventure
Cue the guys pulling up in the van for another day on the road. Tunes pumping, sun shining, sunnies on, singing & dancing to the music & enjoying the views. Perfection!
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We were surrounded by beautiful landscape
 Our first stop was the Te Waikoropupu Springs* (Te Pupu) the clearest spring in the world. It is just 7Km from Takaka & has a little bush walk. The water looked amazing & I just wanted to jump in. You are prohibited from touching the water here to prevent contamination. It has underwater clarity of 63M horizontal visibility – now that IS clear! My pictures don’t do it ANY justice. Sorry.
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Resisting diving into Te Waikoropupu Spring
I love this laid back cruising where we stop as we wish, see where we fancy from the signposts & explore on a whim.
We stumbled upon Aorere Goldfields Track** which was the site of a gold rush in the late 1850’s. I really wished we had a guide to describe what the area used to be like. I found an interesting eyewitness account online, Tarakani Herald newspaper article***, by a digger based at Aorere for 4 months. It’s a fascinating occupation & one I would like to read up on.
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So much lush vegetation

We walked uphill for almost an hour stopping at a beautiful stream & caves. I couldn’t climb down the cave due to my slippery flip flops & (sadly) overly cautious nature. The cave was really impressive! As soon as we stepped out of the humid rainforest towards the cave the temperature instantly dropped. It was eerie, chillingly cold & damp. The guys explored the cave for a while & found glowworms. I instantly regretted not joining them…..

My advice is to wear decent footwear, bring a head torch & if you’re a mountain biker – the track looks awesome!
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The guys keen to explore
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Coming back to the warmth outside

 

*Te Waikoropupu Springs
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/takaka-area/te-waikoropupu-springs/
** Collingwood Goldfield
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/aorere-goldfields-conservation-area/things-to-do/tracks/aorere-goldfields-track/
***Taranaki Herald
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TH18580123.2.16

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