Onekaka, Tukurua - Parapara, Milnthorpe and Bishops Saddle
This tiny settlement was once a major industrial
area. In the 1920's and 30's local iron ore was turned into pig-iron
and iron pipes at the Onekaka Ironworks. Most of the plant has now
been demolished, but the last remaining evidence of this optimistic
endeavour is also the easiest to get to: turn down Washbourn Road,
drive a short distance to the beach and before you know it you are
at the ruins of the Ironworks Wharf. Nearby is a pleasant shady
picnic area and a place to launch small boats near high tide in
Tukurua - Parapara
A fast developing area of life-style blocks and
home businesses, a concentration of artists, craftsfolk, candlemakers
and gardens. There are accommodation options to suit anybodyís requirement,
from a tent site or cabin, a caravan site or motorhome hook-up,
all in the beautiful beachside camping ground, to luxury lodges
and B&Bís. Please note that the road access to the beach is private.
This is another of those places which doesn't
look anything special from the highway, but a leisurely exploration
down a side road reveals unsuspected pleasures. Turn down the road
marked "Milnthorpe Quay" and you soon find yourself on
the fishermen's wharf with a fine view of the estuary.
The road continues beyond the wharf for another
half kilometre or so, ending in a small picnic area.
Behind the low dunes is a large revegetation
area, stretching back to the highway, where land once regularly
burnt, otherwise mistreated and then abandoned is rapidly returning
to various types of forest under the patient eye of its guardian.
Maps are available for lovely walks in this area.
Just along the top of the hill at Milnthorpe
is a wide panorama of valley (the Aorere) and mountain (the
Wakamarama Range). On the left (signposted) is a small picket
fence with displays telling the traveller about the discovery,
near here, of New Zealand's first goldfield in 1857.
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