Urenui Loop

16 November, 2010




This was almost a rest day.  Just a nice little loop ride up to Okoki, up (the operative word)
to the top of Kaka Road, through the Uruti Road Tunnel, out to SH3 at Uruti, & back to Urenui.
54km without the vans.  Easy!!





Picturesque Kaiwaru Road follows the Urenui River along the valley floor to Okoki.

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Photo: Margaret









Looks like Neale has a plan.   Possibly a mischievous one.

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Photo: Mack








Thought so!!

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Photo: Lyn








At least he's trained - refer 1st photo of day 1.

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Photo: Margaret








The school at Okoki has been bought by locals and will be converted to a backpackers' lodge.

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Photo: Selwyn








The Neapolitan Mastiff had never seen so many people before,
let alone strangely dressed ones.  He was not a happy chappy.

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Photo: Mack











The climb up to the Kaka Road summit is about 2km long.  At least the gravel was in good condition.

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Photo: Margaret








Getting close to the top.

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Photo: Margaret











The little climb is rewarded by some great views of Taranaki hinterland.

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Photo: Colin









This is from the summit looking down the valley towards Uruti Road.

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Photo: Mack








A local told us that, apart from the roads up the mountain, this is one of the highest roads in Taranaki.

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Photo: Lyn or Neale









The northern end of Uruti Road Tunnel

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Photo: Lyn or Neale









Neale has a justifiable fascination with tunnel roof linings - or lack thereof!

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Photo: Neale












This smooth cliff face looked a bit like a breaking wave.  Eagle eyed people saw a goat up on these cliffs,
seemingly defying gravity.

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Photo: Margaret









Uruti Church.

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Photo: Margaret










Some tourists preferred to not discover the pain and the joy that Kaka Road had to offer.
They had other plans!!

Selwyn shows Briar and Bryan, on his GPS, where the next Geo-Cache hunt will be.

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Photo: Caroll









The GPS reckons that Ted and his helpers need to be searching around this log -
and they should be thinking like a snake.

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Photo: Lyn








The hunt continues.

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Photo: Mack









Success!!    Ted has done it again.  He had to get Selwyn to stick his arm in the
hole just above his head to find the Cache.

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Photo: Selwyn









Urenui Beach, north end.

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Photo: Mack









Urenui Beach, south end.

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Photo: Mack










Urenui Beach, the river meets the sea.

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Photo: Mack










Urenui - oil and gas lurk out on the horizon.

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Photo: Mack









Time to cross the suspension bridge and head back to the motel.

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Photo: Caroll








Urenui River.

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Photo: Mack











Meanwhile, Margaret had gone off to have a look at the southern end of Waikawau Beach, near Pukearuhe.
You will recall that there is a tunnel at the northern end of the beach.

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Photo: Margaret










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