Walking among giants
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