Walk­ing among giants

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High on the hills on pri­vately owned farm­land on the Whararoa Plateau, near Raglan, is Merid­ian En­ergy’s new­est wind farm, Te Uku. Thanks to a joint project be­tween the Waikato District Coun­cil, Merid­ian and the landown­ers, you can now walk or cy­cle the 18 km Pipi­wha­rau­roa Trail, giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with the 28 tur­bines that stretch 137 me­tres into the sky. The Trail’s name means a ‘white and green shin­ing cuckoo’, and was de­cided through a lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion. Take the fam­ily, and a pic­nic, and tackle the Trail be warned it’s steep in places. You’ll be re­warded with amaz­ing views of the sur­round­ing Waikato re­gion, and as far as Mt Taranaki on a good day. The re­turn trip takes about two hours to cy­cle or four hours to walk.

More in­for­ma­tion about Pipi­wha­rau­roa Trail waika­todis­trict.govt.nz

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