Only twenty minutes away is a small peak. At the top is a reserve with many walking and biking trails. Last Sunday I walked my favourite walk. Here are some fotos.
Here is the view from the carpark. The hill that is covered in pine tress stands out from the grazing pasture of the rest of the hills.
Tee mata peak is built on limestone rock as shown in the picture.
From the walkway you can see the hills below. The parkland is covered in vegetation as shown here.
Looking back along the track you can see the uneven surface of the walkway. There are a lot of grassy areas in the park too.
Redwoods, Macrocarpa and other evergreens. Look carefully at the way the tips of the branches go. You can tell the tree from this alone [if you know your trees!].
The hills are shaped like waves breaking on a shore.
In the distance, hidden by the haze are the Ruahines. They reach to 1760 Metres. This is not small. See the love of trees some landowners have.
On the right is Hastings city. To the left of this city, orchards.
At seventy two years of age, I avoid walking anywhere the surface is uneven. The walking tracks here are even enough for me to manage.
Hasting city lies spread out in splendor in the distance. [ thank you spell check for not correcting "splendor" to splendour. Waste of a u.]
The Tuktuki River lies below on the eastern side of the Peak. In the middle is the home of Craggy Range Winery, named after the hills of Te Mata.
In the distance the Pacific Ocean waters of Hawke Bay. Craggy Range with Tukituki behind it, lies below in the centre of the picture.
Only a few metres to go to the top. From here the track is laid out like a walking motorway. There were a lot of people at the top. Most came by car, but some few had walked.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.