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.

The Tararuas

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.