Relaxing | Swimming | Walking | Tramping
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Down By The Riverside
The Otaki River is never the same two days in a row. Driving through to Parenga Road requires crossing a picturesque suspension bridge which provides views both upstream and downstream. Heavy rain back in the Tararuas will bring a deep and exciting torrent of water gushing through the gorge and thirty feet below, along the frontage of the property. Dry spells in summer drop the water levels which then gently flow crystal clear towards the sea. Kayaking and rubber rafting from further up-river through the local rapids is a popular adventure activity. While the property sits high above the water, providing great vantage points from the timber recliners on the front lawn - there is also easy walking access from the northern boundary down a track to the river for swimming and picnics - see images slideshow above.
Excellent swimming holes and picnic spots abound both here; and at other more public river locations a few minutes drive away from the property. The popular ‘Pots’ Reserve is one of these. Further afield - another 8 kms into the Gorge - where the two rivers which create ‘The Forks’ join together there are cool swimming holes galore, a camping ground and the Waiotauru swing foot-bridge which provides access to several popular tramps into the Tararuas and beyond. The level of challenge involved in these tramps is well-documented on-line and extends from a day-walk through the kamahi and beech forests to the historic Field Hut at 900m; to the multi-day Southern Crossing tramp through to the Wairarapa via Mt Hector - a winter tramp reputed, in good snow conditions, to be one of the best.