Friday, 5 June 2020

The 6km walk



Usually when I exercise I walk for maybe 2-3 kms but a few days ago I tried to venture out a bit further down past the St James Anglican Church, which is the third church built on this site in 1878.  It has been dedicated to St James the Great of Compostela and who is associated with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. There was still some late Autumn colours on the trees and the air was crisp but as I walked further down the hill I came to the end of the road, here's where it gets even more special.




This is at the end of the road - the wharf and Kerikeri Stone Store (it's the big building with the chimney across the water) which was constructed to hold mission supplies and wheat from the mission farm at Waimate, not only that but at one point the building even store military supplies by Governor George Gray as part of the Flagstaff War. It is our country's oldest surviving stone building and was built around 1832 by Mason William Parrot and a team of Maori. Today it is a gift shop and the staff dress up as they would've done over 100 years ago. 

After I had walked back up the hill and home again I found I had walked 6kms in the end so far more than I originally planned for but I think I'll do it again on a regular basis.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday.


17 comments:

At Home In New Zealand said...

Great walk! I loved that area last year when I visited, it is all so picturesque. I love your header photo as well - is it the Chateau I see peeping out in the background?

Amy said...

Why, yes it is the Chateau Tongariro, we visited there about 3 years ago, such a nice place.

Tom said...

...we are having a hot day here, thanks for cooling me down with your header image!!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Your countryside is beautiful, I wouldn't mind walking there.

Jim said...

Great shots.

Romi said...

How beautiful!

Susan Heather said...

Walking back up the hill would be a good walk.

Klara said...

beautiful countryside.

Graham Edwards said...

I opened the post and immediately recognised the first picture. A reminder of wonderful times.

Tigger said...

Beautiful view of the Stone Store. Get it published as a postcard shot; they'd want to sell it over there for you.

gz said...

A good walk..good memories for us too

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Looks like you are walking around in the UK with those scenes

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lovely scenes from your walk. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I can't imagine a better place for a walk. Beautiful!!

Bill said...

What a nice place to take a walk. Congrats on the 6km and your new header is gorgeous.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Still lots of lovely autumn colours around Amy, lovely walk, a good 6km. The old stone store building is an old beauty ✨

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great walk! Wish I’d been with you as I need some incentive to do a bit more than I’m doing... this Covid thing has made me lazy, just can’t get motivated. (but at least I’m still well).

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