On Sunday we had another family adventure. I've been keeping this trip for when the children were a bit older, but thought we would give it a go. My parents took us here when we were about 7 or 8 years old. The last time I was here Ian and I had just met and I use to take him on these crazy outings, places he had never been before.
The Putangirua Pinnacle walk follows a stream bed up into a valley where you discover incredible towers of rock. They are breath taking and the photographs don't do their natural wonderment justice. This is a must see! They are naturally made by time, erosion, wind and rain.
If you are Peter Jackson fan you might recognise the location in his movie Brain Dead or more likely from the movie Return of the King where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli ride along the Dimholt Road to meet the Army of the Dead.
The walk isn't too hard, but you do have to pick your path carefully along the river bed. Be prepared for muddy and wet feet. I wouldn't really recommend taking small children unless you're prepared to carry them some of the way or if they are use to walking distances. Charlie and Sadie have been groomed to walk tracks, while Oscar still needs a little help. Good shoes are needed, a water bottle and take a light snack with you. It can get cold so be prepared.
Oscar called the pillars 'castles' and he said we were 'looking for treasure' and then he got all scared because of the 'dragons'. Fantastic imagination, but in a way it felt so airy he could of been right about the dragons!
Charlie was in heaven ~ discovering fossils