Kaweka Ranges and Ngaruroro River, New Zealand

Kaweka Ranges and Ngaruroro River, New Zealand

Description: This road, known historically as Gentle Annie, is now a lot gentler on travellers than it used to be. On a nice day it offers never ending scenic views.
The steep descent from the plateau into the Kaweka forest is the gradient that gives the Gentle Annie road its name.
It also marks the halfway point between Taihape and Napier, and the many river and lake reserves of the forest park make great locations for rest stops.
After passing the Fernbird bush reserve at Willowford, the road then begins a long ridge-running descent towards Hawkes Bay.
As the coast comes nearer, the landmarks of the region come into view: Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata peak, and the earthquake-raised outcrop of rock that the oldest parts of Napier still reside upon.
There simply isn't a more spectacular point of entry to the bacchanalian pleasures of one of New Zealand's best wine regions. (source: www.stuff.co.nz)
DOC camp sites is close to Kuripapango on the banks of the Ngaruroro River. Kuripapango is named after a Wanganui Maori warrior who was killed and eaten whilst trying to invade Hawke's Bay in the 17th century.

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Keywords: Gentle Annie road, New Zealand, Kaweka Ranges, Ngaruroro River, river, mountains, panorama, landscape, Gentle Annie, Napier, Kuripapango, Inland Patea Heritage Trail

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