As we’d been told it would be busy on the roads and in popular areas, we decided to keep out of the way as much as possible, so went to a small camp in a place called Te Awamutu which we guessed may not be too popular, yet not too far from things.
|An outdoor Good Friday church service in Te Awamutu|
The campsite was small and nice and we got a powered site without problems, but we guessed wrong about it not being popular! It was pretty crowded with families coming down for the National BMX championships in nearby Cambridge (about half an hours drive away). It apparently is THE event for aspiring BMX’ers as it gives entry to the World Championships to be held in Auckland later in the year. The fact that they were in Te Awamutu is an indication of how popular it is, as obviously nearer campsites were full. Anyway, it was a small site and they were all really friendly and chatted to us, while their kids (the real competitors) ran around, some of them as young as 4 or 5. They take it really seriously and, in no time at all, we were caught up in their enthusiasm and decided we would have to go and have a look.
|On top of Kakepuku Mountain|
|The summit platform (so you could see above the trees)|
|A plaque on the summit platform|
|Cambridge. English? Maybe colonial English|
|A walk down by the lake amongst the Oak and Chestnut trees|
|The BMX racing in full swing|
|Whatever you do, don't fall off!|