Still officially in Coromandel country, just, we spent two nights and just one full day at Puketui DoC Camp where we had a look at some of the past mining activity. I climbed into a gully at one point to do a bit of extra exploring and looking at minerals, while Kevin cleared out a partially blocked gutter dug into the ground.
The Puketui campsite is located on an old gold mining town of the same name that thrived in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, holding a population of around 200. Mining was carried out on both sides of the river, high onto the main range.
The final bit of road into Puketui was narrow and winding, but didn’t last long. We were a bit worried about meeting oncoming traffic, but that didn’t happen, neither on the way in or out. We met a couple of workers on the side of the road on the way in though – one of them said he really likes the Nelson region as he can hunt deer, pigs and goats there. Huh? We hadn’t thought about the lack of these beasties on the Coromandel Peninsula, but now that he mentioned it, it became obvious they weren’t in residence.
Our next stop after this will be – Rotorua! It will be great to be amongst all that volcanic activity and learn a bit more about it.