Auckland Cycle Touring Association
Taranaki Tunnel Tour
Whangamomona - New Plymouth
Getting ready to leave Whangamomona
There is a variety
of signs along the road welcoming strangers to
the Republic of Whangamomona.
Rest stop at the top of the Whangamomona Saddle -
or should that be "Le Col Du Whangamomona"?
This is the way Ed saw it.
This is the top of
the Pohokura Saddle - not such a challenging climb
(especially as it was my turn to do the driving :-)
The very smooth
Matau Road Tunnel.
This is one of the longer tunnels we encountered.
Getting ready to
go in to the dark.
The tunnel had a reasonable downgrade so it was easy just to coast through.
We made it!
Looking back to the southern end.
where we had morning tea.
Next thing we knew it was lunch time at Purangi.
We knew it was Purangi, 'cos the orchard sign said it was.
Bet this looks gorgeous in the autumn.
Our last tunnel for the day on Otaraoa Road.
There's plenty of
room for the Rosa,
but it looks like a few high loads have scraped the sides.
This tunnel tricked us : the road kept on climbing after we had gone through.
The McKee oil field out the back of Waitara.
Photos : John McK unless otherwise credited.