Our Last Day, Blue Duck Station to Taumarunui
A leisurely start to the day. Breakfast at 0900 we were told the previous evening. So a nice sit on our front porch watching the countryside in the morning sun, then ambled down the road to the guest dining area, and a lovely breakfast in the sun. Then picked up, back to the landing and into a Forgotten World Jet boat for the final run upstream to Taumarunui.
Mother and her Family in the morning sun
Away to breakfast
One sign said
“Care… Free Range Children”
Mel, the manager at Blue Duck Farm saying good bye
Moving up river, away from the forest and deep gorge and into farm land
Not that way, a side river
Well into farm land
Changing Scenery and The Lavender Farm
As we moved upriver the scenery changed slowly, from the last of the steep sided heavily forested gorge we’d had the day before to much flatter and with lower banks. Farmland became more apparent, roads, and of course the flow dropped. The river itself a lot less muddy. And a LOT more and obvious rapids. Our last stop was at the Lauren’s Lavender Farm. Not in bloom at this time of year. But still a very pleasant stop for our final lunch. Iris of course was in gardener heaven. The evening before we’d spent some time with Rachel at Blue Duck farm, a very enthusiastic gardener, and now Lauren and Iris nattered gardening for most of the time we were at lunch.
We pulled into Taumarunui around 1500. Our 4 day Forgotten World “Epic” over.
Who Knew !!
At this point I must reveal my complete ignorance as to just what a mighty river the Whanganui really is. 280 k of navigable river…. Whanganui to Taumarunui. And not just by modern jet boat, but originally by whaka and then by steam powered river boats. Although as I remarked once those old river men really had to work at getting those vessels up against the flow, over rapids and avoiding all the snags we saw. In places our guides told us that rings were attached to the banks, and the vessels winched them selves up. And going down stream must have been nerve wracking to say the least for the skippers. One thing that occurred to me was that the high sediment load in the river must have required constant (daily ??) boiler cleans to keep the tubes from clogging up. Unless of course they carried clean water for the boilers.
We Loved the Whole Experience
Each and every one of the guides was superb. They were all quite unashamedly enthusiastic about what they were doing. They loved the country, and were full of the little stories that flesh out the journey. And no how magnificent the scenery the forest and the wildlife, it’s the guides who bring it all together. The meals were what we would call the best of New Zealand Country. Couldn’t be faulted. And even better I didn’t do any cooking for a week.
Was it value for money…. absolutely.