Gina And I visited the Te Apiti Wind Farm in May, it was cold that day and very breezy up there. We saw quite a few people drive in but no one got out of their cars, except us.
We had a good look around at these giant wind turbines and whether you love them or hate them, they are here to stay.
Te Apiti wind farm is situated on the Saddle Road between Woodville & Ashhurst. The car park is open between 8.30am & 5.30pm. The views from the lookout are worth the visit alone.
If you are interested in finding out more about Te Apiti Wind Farm There is a very informative article about the Wind Farms near Woodville written Richard Moore. Its an easy read, not too technical. There is enough room and flat surface at the Wind Farm for wheelchair access.
After we had finished looking around, yes, you have guessed it, it was coffee time again.
The 1st 4 photos were taken in May, the others were taken on a sunnier and warmer day from the Wetlands Café in the Ashhurst Domain.
I have to say the Ashhurst Domain, in my opinion is one of the most overlooked places to visit, in the Manawatu. It is also very close to the Ashhurst township. This public park and reserve has something to offer everyone. and it is only a 15 minute drive from Palmerston North.
This is a dog friendly place (dogs are allowed but must be kept under control at all times). There is a camping ground and facilities, the Wetlands Café, (stop in for a bite to eat and a drink.) Great views of Te Apiti wind farm, Wharite Peak and Wetlands below, can be seen from the Café.
There’s sports fields, a children’s playground and BBQ area, numerous walks, some through very old native bush and along the Manawatu River.
The Manawatu Pathway walk, entrance, located down by the road bridge by the Manawatu river, is a great walk, and is suitable for everyone of all ages, and is wheelchair friendly. (assistance maybe required). The upper domain circuit as shown in this map is also wheelchair friendly.
The domain is alive with bird life, depending on what time of year you visit. I have personally seen, Black swans, Pukeko, dotterel, ducks, Kingfisher, Australasian bittern in the Domain Wetlands and along the Manawatu river in winter, Black backed gulls, Pied stilts and Caspian terns. The Tui, Fantail (piwakawaka) NZ Wood Pigeon (kereru), Bellbird (korimako) , Silver eyes along with a variety of Finches, Blackbirds, Thrushes and Sparrows and the occasional NZ Falcon, all call the domain home.
Easy enough to spend the whole day here as there is plenty to see and do.
If you would like to find out more about the Ashhurst Domain visit Ashhurst’s local website Ashhurst Dot Org
All photos on this page are copyright @ Elayne Hand, Brightchic Photography 2015
Day Trips for the uninspired. Things to see and do in and around the Manawatu, Tararua, Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Regions of New Zealand