To celebrate another welcome summer’s day in the Bay of Islands and exercise my sea legs, I decided to take a walk along the beautiful cycle trail from Kawakawa to Opua.
But because I love trains, I opted to cover the first four kilometers of the trail as a passenger on the Historic Bay of Islands Railway lead by the beautifully restored steam engine Gabriel.
Gabriel departed the station at 12:00 hours with people, bikes, and puppies aboard and started her transit down main street…..
….passing the Kawakawa theatre….
…and the famous Hundertwasser Public Toilets…
….being welcomed by many fans as she made her way out of town.
The ride was wonderful but over way too soon!
I had so much fun I almost stayed on for the return trip from Taumarere, but I preferred a seven kilometer walk to an eleven kilometer walk, and so I bid farewell to Gabriel and continued along the rail trail.
The original train line ended in Taumarere at the upper reaches of the Kawakawa river where transported coal was loaded to waiting ships.
The line was later extended from Taumarere to Opua, but that now disused section has been converted into a well maintained cycle trail.
.While my excursion after the train ride was relatively uneventful, it was beautiful and peaceful….
….offering some much needed exercise and a bit of alone time….
…with an occasional, welcome interruption from friendly cyclists.
I was surprised how quickly I made my way back to Opua….
….a nice place to drop your anchor.
And what was the Captain doing while I was taking my lovely stroll? Finishing maintenance on Amandla and readying our new (very used) car for our road trip to the South Island!
This post was inspired by Jo’s Monday Walk6 Thumbs Up!