SO MUCH TO SEE SO CLOSE TO HOME

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

T he Clas­sic Car Break­fast Club’s Big Day Out was very lo­calised this month and al­though mem­bers trav­elled 181km to their des­ti­na­tion be­fore re­turn­ing home, they only went as far as Wan­ganui. Driv­ers de­toured off the Main High­way where they saw pad­docks blan­keted with a soft cover of low-ly­ing fog as they drove to their first stop at Dud­dings Lake. The Mar­ton Lions Club were ready for us and had pre­pared and served a fan­tas­tic cooked break­fast in the hall over­look­ing the lake. This is a beau­ti­ful, rest­ful and ex­tremely tidy area, where mem­bers dined in the hall then ven­tured out onto a huge deck to take in the views and en­joy the sun­shine. From there it was off the Ratna Paa to look at the vil­lage and his­toric church and af­ter a quiet drive through there mem­bers made their way to Kaitoki Prison where they turned around in the vis­i­tor’s car park and drove out again. It was then onto the Wan­ganui Air­port, past the speedway track and onto Land­guard Road up about 2km of metal, how­ever, this was worth the slightly bumpy trip just to get a dif­fer­ent prospec­tive of Wan­ganui look­ing up the river with Mt Ruapehu stand­ing guard in the dis­tance and look­ing down over the town. Cross­ing over the main high­way mem­bers took a scenic drive to the top of Durie Hill where some of the young and fit climbed to the top of the tower. An­other quiet drive up Vic­to­ria, Wan­ganui’s main street, en­joy­ing the mag­nif­i­cent plant­ings of flow­ers, in hang­ing bas­kets and pave­ment plant­ings, then it was out to Castle­cliff Beach for a look at the surf. From there mem­bers re­turned to the coun­try­side driv­ing up Blue­skin Road and con­tin­u­ing the loop onto Brunswick Road for a first-hand view of the scar­ing on hill­side from the Wan­ganui flood­ing last year. Mem­bers crossed over the main high­way and headed down Watt-Liv­ingston Road into Ra­panui Road then into the amaz­ing Ba­son Gar­dens for a pic­nic lunch. The weather was fan­tas­tic, food tasty and plen­ti­ful, sights well worth see­ing, gar­dens spec­tac­u­lar and not for­get­ting the rea­son for all this was the cars and a great friendly bunch of peo­ple. Cans of food do­nated by the CCBC mem­bers was matched by Ge­off and Glenys Boy­den and were de­liv­ered to the Lo­cal Food­bank, For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Clas­sic Car Break­fast Club, con­tact Ge­off & Glenys Boy­den on A/H 06 356 9667. Fax 06 356 9657. Mo­bile 027 230 4413 or E-mail gg­boy­den@xtra.co.nz Fol­low us on Face­book Clas­sic Car Break­fast Club.

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