Under no circumstances was I anticipating to take pleasure in this weekend as a lot as I used to be. There had been hardly any planning and it was final minute. However there was I, a cheeky glass of midshelf wine in hand, sitting in a just about empty camp web site in deepest, darkest Pahīatua, beaming like a cat who bought the cream.
And the truth that this bliss did not price the earth made that cream style much more particular.
I name this journey ‘unintentionally’ nice as a result of this was a workman-like journey away, an exploratory weekend of home searching across the area. This wasn’t deliberate to be a ‘enjoyable’ getaway, this was testing if we appreciated the look of sure cities and hamlets, if the final ambiance of Manawatū and the Tararua District was for us. Fortunately it turned out to be, huge time.
The hubby and I want to go a bit extra rural than the intense lights of Wellington suburbia, add extra ‘life’ to our life whereas not utterly reducing the wire with the capital on account of our respective jobs.
* Eketāhuna: A small city with an enormous spirit
* New freeway plans enhance Woodville, the star of Tararua’s booming property market
So when a property within the space we had been taking a look at popped up on-line on the Thursday, we determined to pack up the automotive, canine and all, and head off two days later. With a full tank of petrol (the costliest factor in the course of the weekend – $128 for the entire journey), we pointed north.
The CBD of the capital melted rapidly away into the traditional lush panorama of the Remutakas, the highway clinging to the aspect of the mountains as we pottered our method up and down the summit. After a fast necessary cease in Featherston (two sandwiches and a few meat for the pooch – $11), we had been again on our method.
As we handed by the likes of Greytown, Carterton and Masterton I spotted why this panorama feels so acquainted.
Having grown up in Eire I spent many a summer time packed off to the relations in County Mayo within the west of the nation. This is also farming nation, cattle and sheep dot the land, tractors are plentiful and cities are small and rural-focussed. Crossing into Manawatū made me pine for house, but additionally eager to discover a new place to set down new roots.
We might been to Pahīatua prior to now, solely briefly, now we had been staying in just about the one lodging on the town that we might e book final minute that allowed canines, the Carnival Park. It describes itself as “considered one of Pahīatua’s finest stored secrets and techniques” and I can see why.
Set subsequent to a scenic reserve, this clear camp is simply a 10-minute stroll into city. We had been greeted by one of many house owners Richard, who after a fast examine on canine guidelines (clear up after him being the primary one) confirmed us to our tiny cabin. It had a cushty double mattress, a fridge and maybe surprisingly for this worth level, a TV. All this for simply $40 for 2.
It’s a must to deliver your individual bedding, so after a fast rearrangement of the furnishings (typical gays), we settled in with some nibbles we introduced from house and that cheeky vino I discussed earlier than.
The park was fairly empty with hardly any caravans on web site aside from a humongous one that might in all probability be seen from house in entrance of us. There is a tidy kitchen and lounge room with loads of board video games on web site, and the bathrooms and showers are in good nick too.
However we weren’t right here to simply sit round, although we had been having fun with the change of tempo, so off we went for a brief stroll round city.
Now Pahīatua on a Saturday afternoon is not what you’ll name bustling however we occurred upon what was the liveliest spot on the town, the Publish Workplace Lodge. The sports activities bar was busy on the day that the All Blacks and the Black Ferns video games clashed (a purely unscientific ballot confirmed that about 80% of the bar was watching the ladies play). There’s additionally a restaurant which serves large slabs of crumbed beef schnitzel (mine for $20) and rooster parma (for him for $25, so huge he doggie-bagged it). Drinks had been a cut price $6.50 for an enormous glass of wine, $8.50 for a quart and $12 for a jug of beer. We went again to the campsite properly and actually sated.
The subsequent day was the biggie testing houses and the world. We breakfasted at The Lazy Graze in Eketāhuna (eggs and toast and a espresso – $16), headed additional north to Woodville and mooched about within the second-hand retailers there, earlier than one other return to the Eketāhuna and the well-known pub there to pour over actual property magazines and listings.
This explicit weekend’s search did not lead to any affords, however as we set off on the two-and-a-half hour journey house, we had been each happy that sure, that is the world for us.
This a part of the nation might not get the eye that different areas of New Zealand obtain, however I believe vacationers are lacking out on a quiet understated gem. Manawatū and Tararua show you do not have to be flash to make an influence. And sooner or later we’ll hopefully be calling it house.
Pahīatua Carnival Park carnivalpark.co.nz
Publish Workplace Lodge postofficehotel.co.nz
The creator traveled at his personal expense.