|There were numerous birds flying in the area most likely due to visitors feeding them when picnicking.|
Yesterday morning, upon completion of the post, the sun was shining and we headed out to check out a few popular attractions. One of those that held particular interest to us was the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.
|The easy walkway to the Te Kewa Kewa bridge was pleasant.|
From the “100% New Zealand” website, here’s their description:
Where functionality meets fine art – New Plymouth’s Te Rewa Rewa pedestrian/cycle bridge is an impressive illustration of innovative local engineering. The tied arch bridge has a clear span of almost 70 metres and is part of the award-winning New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.
Spanning the Waiwhakaiho River, its iconic form represents the sacred relationship between the land, sea and wind with the Ngati Tawhirikura tribe.
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge opened on June 5, 2010 as part of the extension of the Coastal Walkway, making possible a 10 kilometre off-road route for cycling, walking, running, skateboarding and rollerblading.
The bridge has quickly become a proud piece of Taranaki with a couple of international awards already to its name:
– Aesthetics Medium-Span Winner (for bridges with spans between 30 metres and 75 metres).
– Arthur G. Hayden Medal (for a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating innovation in special use bridges such as pedestrian, people-mover, or non-traditional structures).”
|The unique architecturally interesting Te Kewa Kewa Bridge.|
No more than 10 minutes down the highway toward town, the clouds completely covered the previously blue sky. We decided to check out the downtown mall, the modern Centre City Shopping Centre (yep, that’s the name) to kill some time hoping the skies would clear. Tomorrow, we’ll share photos of the modern mall complex.
|Tom at the beginning of the bridge a short walk over the Waiwhakaiho River.|
Spending a short time in the mall (Tom’s not a mall kind of guy) we headed out to the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge in hopes of taking some decent photos to share. The skies hadn’t cleared but we decided to proceed with our plans.
|The expanse of the Waiwhakaiho River to the sea is beautiful, most likely more so on a sunny day.|
We were pleasantly surprised when we easily found the exquisite bridge built over the Waiwhakaiho River to find paved walkways, beaches, picnic areas and fishing spots.
|The Waiwhakaiho River view toward the ocean at a distance.|
With the possibility of rain it appeared few were enjoying the surroundings. With the tail end of summer in this part of the world, there have been few days where outdoor activities have attracted a lot of locals to the parks and beaches. Later, we discovered the reason why few visitors were in the water (see below).
|There were bicyclists on the bridge.|
We walked along some of the trails, stopping for photos finally making our way to the bridge as shown in these photos. The contemporary bridge is an obviously important work of art to the people of New Zealand that also is a well built functional means of crossing the Waiwhakaiho River, which flows to the sea.
|View from the bridge.|
The activity on the bridge was busier than we’d anticipated with the few visitors seen in the area. There were walkers, runners, bicyclists and tourists with cameras in hand.
|Many birds populate the area of the river and the Lake Rotomanu|
Later, we discovered online that the sparse crowds at the Lake Rotomanu were a direct result of a recent notice of Escherichia coli, or E coli in the lake and river in this area.
From this link, “The council tested for faecal coliform, E coli and enterococci bacteria. Almost all samples which returned a high count were caused by birdlife such as seagulls, ducks and pukekos.” The number of birds is evidenced in our photos which at the time, we had no idea their presence was an issue.
|Warning signs are posted in the area.|
We took our time in the well planned area. New Zealand is not unlike the US and other countries with numerous lovely parks, lakes, beaches and recreational areas, all well marked for dangers, rules and regulations.
|More Lake Rotomanu photos will be posted another day.|
The difference we find in New Zealand is their sense of humor that follows through on road signs, informational signs, news broadcasts and any other means by which the city or country stresses a particular point to the public, often making following regulations more palatable for some visitors. We continually giggle over that sense of humor the longer we’re here.
|View of the bridge from a distance.|
Today, we’re staying in to catch up on laundry, visit the alpacas who are now moved to the far-from-the-house paddock for a week or so, and take the usual walk in this astoundingly wonderful neighborhood. I’m looking forward to visiting our favorite cow.
Happy day to all!
Photo from one year ago today, February 23, 2015:
|One year ago, Tom and a scarecrow at the Kauai Coffee Company. For more photos, please click here.|