We have just spent the most marvellous day out with Gordon, the rural delivery postman for the very south of the North Island. The weather played its part of course, being warm, sunny and windless, but the trip would have been fun no matter what the weather. We visited areas well off the beaten track, heard lots of stories of local legends - both myth and fact - and appreciated the little extra stops Gordon made to show us points of interest. His wife had prepared a delicious lunch for us which we enjoyed on a rise looking out to sea and over the seal colony. With two of us being octogenarians, we decided not to attempt the 250 steps to the top of Cape Palliser lighthouse, but it was great to see it. Such a rugged coastline, but the settlements along the way, culminating in the fishing village of Ngawi, had characters all their own.
Gordon only takes 3 passengers, but I recommend it as a must if visiting this area. The journey starts in Featherston.
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