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Rode Wedderburn to Kokonga 33 km

It was an easy downhill to Ranfurly – 13.5km through a vast open landscape with ranges all around.

Ranfurley was small town with a lovely restored train station and hotel.

I bought sandwiches from the 4 Square. Riding out of town on the left and side against a fence were lots of old rusty bikes qnd on the right the skins of wild pigs that are killed because apparently they will kill baby lambs on their birth

Just before Waipieta we saw a beautiful field of peonies behind a house with a sign saying Kokomoto accommodation. We went in and sat and had a cup of tea and muffins with the owner Heather who has created a beautiful oasis in her gardens. It was stunning – full of colour and flowers – peonies, roses

She showed us round her outside cottage accommodation and even offered us the use of her car to drive around the local countryside to have a look around. How nice and trusting!

A kilometer down the track was the town of Waipieta. On the right was an old shed where rabbits were killed and exported in massive amounts to the USA in the 1900's. We rode around the 2 street town and saw 2 old churches restored into lovely homes. It started to rain so we parked ourselves at the Tavern where the publican Mark was friendly friendly and filled us in on all the local goings on. I had the most amazing lamb shank pie for lunch.

After lunch we head out to ride the last 10km to Kokonga where Peter was to meet us. It rained but wasn't too bad as it was only for an hound only my bottom half was wet. We waited in one of the red huts for Peter with another cyclist who was sheltering out of the rain. Pete hid our bikes behind some ricks just off the trail and drove is 20 minutes back to Waipiatat where the house is on his families sheep farm.

We are staying in a heritage homestead built of mud brick in 1882 with beautiful mountain views and surrounded by sheep pastures. The sheep are right outside our windows. As we were cold Peter for the heaters going which warmed up the house beautifully while we had lovely hot showers and used his washer and dryer to get all. our clothes clean and dry. It was $55 each for tonights accommodation that was paid as part of our bike package.

He then took for for a drive around the property to look at some of the other old houses on the property and to see the shearing shaded meet the sheep dogs. It was really interesting learning all about sheep farming but very sad when he told us that just before Christmas when the Lambs are 3 months old they are separated from their mothers, and the at the mothers and lambs all cry out to each other for the next 3 days. I would be terrible farmer and could not do that or eat any of my animals!

When I said I need wifi and was there anyway he could drop me to the pub he just gave me the car keys and off we went !

He and Kyoki then cooked us a lovely dinner of steak and salad and dessert. - we paid him $25 each for dinner.They set up breakfast for his to have the next morning ad then headed off to their own cottage a few hundred metres away behind trees, so we could not see it. Leigh and I had chosen lovely room each - all wood floored with a fireplace in each room ( no longer working). When we realised the house did not lock we decided to share a room and pushed my bed up against the door in case anyone did come in at night! When we turned out the lights it was so black you could not see your hand in front of your face. Outside there were so many stars which were so beautiful.

Leaving Wedderburn

Leaving Wedderburn


Wedderburn Station  - goto our stamp in our book

Wedderburn Station - goto our stamp in our book


Serenity

Serenity


Ranfurley Station

Ranfurley Station


Back of the station

Back of the station


Station

Station


Ranfurley Hotel

Ranfurley Hotel


Lovely gardens around the station

Lovely gardens around the station


Station

Station


One of the many old bikes on the trail

One of the many old bikes on the trail


All the wild pigs outside Ranfurley

All the wild pigs outside Ranfurley


Our bikes

Our bikes


Leigh riding

Leigh riding


Lovely home on the trail

Lovely home on the trail


She had beautiful gardens

She had beautiful gardens


Her front entrance

Her front entrance


Peonie farm

Peonie farm


The trail coming into Waipiata

The trail coming into Waipiata


The trail

The trail


Rabbit killing shed

Rabbit killing shed


Trail

Trail


Waipiata

Waipiata


Waipiata pub

Waipiata pub


Lamb shank pie - delicious

Lamb shank pie - delicious


Peters Farm

Peters Farm


Sheep grazing next to the farmhouse

Sheep grazing next to the farmhouse


The old mud brick home

The old mud brick home


The side yard

The side yard


View from my front bedroom window

View from my front bedroom window


View from my side bedroom window

View from my side bedroom window


View to the back yard

View to the back yard


One of the bedrooms and fireplace

One of the bedrooms and fireplace


Looking onto the mountains

Looking onto the mountains


Another bedroom

Another bedroom


The front of the house

The front of the house


Peters Farm Cottage

Peters Farm Cottage


Ready to ride in the rain

Ready to ride in the rain

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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