Adventures in Wanganui/Whanganui

So I finished up last night with arriving at the Motel in Wanganui/Whanganui.  There is a debate going about how to spell the name at the moment.  Apparently both spellings are actually correct as well.  Sigh, can’t these human people just stick with one thing.  In bird language it is probably known for being something like place where big river meets the sea with high winds…I don’t know for sure as I wasn’t from this part of the country and as kiwis don’t fly and we are nocturnal we don’t actually talk to too many other birds.  Back to the trip…

We had a lovely room at the motel, it was upstairs and we had lovely views of the river.  Just as well we were inside as it rained a LOT over night.  Thought we were going to wake up floating down the river.  Thankfully we didn’t.  The main reason for this trip was apparently so the big one could see some ancient person.  Last of the ancients apparently.  So that was the order of the day on Wednesday.

Wednesday

I wasn’t looking forward to this visit if I am honest…ancient humans are not my cup of tea, but the big one seemed fairly happy to be going and spending time with the ancient.  There was talk of going to a park afterwards which of course I was looking forward to as parks spell TREES in my language, which dear readers as you know me by now, also spells FOOD!  Anyway off to see the Ancient first.  She likes flora and fauna so she was actually quite happy to meet me.

Me and Ancient

Me and Ancient

She was a little concerned that she was ruining the photo I tried to reassure her that she wasn’t but she struggled to hear me and I can’t hold a pen to write, can type with the beak but not hold a pen and write!  I have to say her home is REALLY hot!  I thought my wings were going to melt off…yes even though I can’t fly I do have little wings and I am very proud of them too!  The Ancient walked us around the rest home and enjoyed talking about the plants we could see, including the Kauri tree!  There was a lovely little pond and for some reason all the fish were at one end of the pond facing one direction.  I suspect that it was the wind!  It was very windy!!!  After this walk around the big one wrote a note telling the Ancient we would be back later and off we went to the park.

The park was called Kowhai Park.  This park has been there for a long time.  The big one remembered playing in the old ladies shoe when she was a kid, and the dad also remembered playing there when he was a kid as well.  The park has a nursery rhyme section where all the things are connected to nursery rhymes, like the old ladies shoe, humpty dumpty and little miss tuffet.  There were also animals and merry-go-rounds, a little train ride and other things, including a zipwire which the big one did do, but was scared at the beginning!  hehe.

Riding one of the animals in Kowhai Park

Riding one of the animals in Kowhai Park

Merry-go-round...I spun off!

Merry-go-round…I spun off!

I rode a couple of the animals and went on a small merry-go-round with the child.  He spun me right off though and I ended up on the ground!  Was not amused!  The ground was very wet in places as well, the big one and the child got muddy running about, the big one went down the dinosaur slide and got mud on her skirt as well.  I didn’t laugh, honest.  We then went for another little walk and I saw some of my ancient giant relatives.

My ancient

My ancient relative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then managed to scurry into the trees and get some food.  🙂

Grubs

Grubs

After the park the big one, the dad and the child went and got their food.  I guess that is only fair I suppose.

After they had been fed and watered we were off on another little adventure, to Durie Hill Elevator.  This is a historic elevator that goes up the inside of a hill, apparently the only public underground elevator in NZ and one of only 2 in the world.  Anyway you get to the elevator by going through a tunnel first.

The tunnel

The tunnel

With my little legs took me awhile to walk down it, the child was enjoying the echo of the tunnel and was being very noisy.  The elevator itself was a bit old and rickety, not sure the big one was keen on it.  We had to step up to get into it!  I wasn’t particular keen on it either, the step up was a bit much for me as well!  At the top of the elevator there is a tower that was built as a war memorial for WWI soldiers.  Up the stairs we went inside the tower, the wind was howling inside the tower so was pretty sure it was going to be drafty outside at the top.

View from the top of the tower

View from the top of the tower

The view was fantastic at the top though, although the big one was disappointed that they couldn’t see the mountains.  It was very windy though, I thought I was going to get blown away!  As I can’t fly as well wasn’t keen on that at all.

The tower

The tower

Outside the tunnel, one of the tiki warriors

Outside the tunnel, one of the tiki warriors

After visiting the tower it was off to see the ancient again.  I just pretty much chilled out this time as I was blown out by the wind and I felt tired and full up from all the snacking on bugs.

Thursday

The day started with a final visit to the ancient and then we were going to be driving back up the country to the Aunties farm for the evening.  The dad was planning to take us back via The Forgotten World Highway.  The child wasn’t keen on hearing that name he figured that if a road is called forgotten it is for a good reason.  I could see his point if I am honest.  I have to say though once we got going though it was amazing!  The views from each of the summits were stunning!  Whangamomona Saddle was one of the most stunning with lovely bush on either side of us as far as we could see.  Obviously I wanted to get out into it, but I was stuck in the car.

The lovely bush

The lovely bush

We then arrived in Whangamomona.  Whangamomona has declared itself a republic.  They have republic days where they vote for a new president.  We got a passport with a special stamp in it.  If I go back on republic day I will be able to vote for the president.  We had a drink in the lovely hotel.  It really felt like an olde world village.  Where everyone knew everyone else and the community spirit was amazing.  The barman was from England and said he just bought his house

Entering Whangamomona

Entering Whangamomona

on trademe sight unseen and figured if he didn’t like it when he got there he would just move somewhere else.  He has been there for 3 years so far.  The only worry I had about being in the pub was there was a cat that was obviously very friendly to the humans, was sat on the bar, however I am not keen on cats, they tend to see me as food!  That was the only down side I could see, I wanted to stay!  Another upside was that the weather was actually fairly nice down in Whangamomona as well.

In the pub

In the pub

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Leaving Whangamomona

It was sheltered down in the valley from the wind.  Was a little sad to be leaving but had to smile at the leaving sign.  The rest of the drive was fairly quiet after that.  We arrived back at the aunties farm and had dinner and a lovely sleep, although the wind and rain was howling again!  In the morning there was a frost though which was cold but nice to see as well.

All in all it was a lovely visit down to another part of the country.  It is the last week coming up though.  Like I said a bit sad at that thought, but hope I have more adventures soon, and more food of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About thekiwione

The lost kiwi, lost in the UK for 9 years now. Just doing my best living my life, pretty boring really, but trying to get more interesting and inspired...
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2 Responses to Adventures in Wanganui/Whanganui

  1. Blister says:

    I vaguely remember that park; have always wondered where it was…

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