Te Mata Peak Park surrounds Te Mata Peak, which overlooks the Heretaunga plains. The city of Hastings, Napier and the village of Havelock North are all on these plains.
There are many walking trails through this park. Here are som fotos to pique your interest.
This poplar tree has just caught the early morning sun. The sunlight at 7am was so glorious I just wanted to share it.
The first part of the walk follows what used to be a road.
The area still has some meadow areas but is well planted with tress that give lovely cool shade.
The early morning sunlight give the landscape a fairytale look.
The trail circles round through some wonderful glades in two different 'forests" of Redwood trees. Then the trail goes past the base of the gum trees in the picture.
These trees are New Zealand natives. They have seeds that are great for birds but are mildly poisonous to humans. They are called Karakas.
The first grove of redwoods was planted in 1974. These trees are enormous and just forty years old!!!!!! We are a country perfect for forestry.
Almost at the topmost part of this trail, we catch a glimple of Te Mata Peak itself. Another forty minutes along another trail. What a beautiful day!!!
You can also see another trail on the other side of the valley. It winds up to a road that will take you to the Peak House Restaurant.
At a fork in the trail a little path to the right invites you to wander between grass verges to a lookout. The trees in this area are pine trees, probably radiata pines, and gum trees.
I don't think these flowers are native to New Zealand, but they look very pretty nestled into an old tree stump.
Another view of the slopes of Te Mata Peak. This area is part of the park, but is farmed. You can see outcrops of limestone rock showing through the grass.
You can just see, in the centre of the foto, a man walking his dog. These trees are huge and are much older than the other redwood trees on the walk. Perhaps even a hundred years old.
You climb from th second grove of redwoods to the top of the hill. You can see down into the valley to the track which returns to the carpark. On the opposite side of the valley are a number of trails that wind their way down the hill. At this time of the morning the sunlight is so beautiful.
Perhaps my favorite foto of the walk. The trail leads around a limstone outcrop. It gives the traveler a feeling of walking a path of wonder and adventure. A child could well imagine dragons lurking around the corner! I am a child at heart!
I hope you enjoyed the fotografic walk around part of Te Mata Peak. I hope one day you will and come and visit beautiful Hawkes By. And there is no better time than New Years Day. Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.