Monday, August 08, 2005
One of the most lovely walks in Aotearoa New Zealand, IMHO is Wairere Falls, in the Kaimai mountains near Matamata AKA Hobbiton. The Falls themselves are pretty special but I like the first part of the walk best: winding through beautiful native bush studded with moss covered boulders ranging in size from a small truck to a shoebox. It is a bit like fairyland should be.
The track was the original passage from the coast inland for pre-European Maori and for early European settlers. As I walk it I like to tune into my good fortune to be wearing good boots, warm clothes and not carrying all my worldly possessions or a big pack of trade goods.