My Favoutite Walk: Cardiff Cen­ten­nial Walk through nat­u­ral bush and farm­land

By Judy Eva

Walking New Zealand - - Contents -

Tucked away on Opunake Road ap­prox­i­mately 6kms from Strat­ford, Taranaki is a de­light­ful and pleas­ant walk through farm­land and nat­u­ral bush and fol­low­ing the Wain­gonoro River is the Cardiff Cen­ten­nial Walk­way.

It gives ac­cess to points of lo­cal his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance and was de­vel­oped by mem­bers of

the Cardiff branch of Fed­er­ated Farm­ers to co­in­cide with the cen­ten­nial of the Cardiff School and dis­trict in May 1986.

Ad­e­quate sup­plies of wa­ter for the nearby Cardiff Co Op­er­a­tive Dairy Fac­tory sunk af­ter the fac­tory was built in 1891. Ul­ti­mately sup­plies were es­tab­lished by a well from wa­ter from the Wain­gongoro River and by a bore, thus mak­ing the area one of the first dairy fac­tory wa­ter sup­plies in New Zealand. The fac­tory closed in 1951.

This walk­way is an at­trac­tive and tran­quil river bank stroll, chang­ing di­rec­tion and el­e­va­tion while also pro­vid­ing va­ri­ety as there are steep Above right: En­trance to walk­way from road.

Below left: Two sets of steps on the bush track.

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