all this time there was nothing really for the boy to look forward to, so we decided to spend 2 nites in whitianga in the coromandel peninsula (see map of north island in previous post) to give him a treat.
the 1st stop was the only narrow-gauge railway train still operational in NZ. (narrow gauge of 15ins allows for sharper curves)
actual view from inside the train.
this train/tracks were originally built by teacher-turned-potter barry brickell to transport clay from volcanic rocks from the hills to his pottery, & also gold when it was discovered here. part of the hill is fortified with beer bottles consumed by the workers during construction of the railway.
because the hill is too steep for train to ascend directly, the rail has several reversal points where the train changes direction in a zig-zag manner upwards.
the top station is sometimes called the Eyeful Tower (get it?) & this is the view.....
the Driving Creek Railways has become such an attraction that nowadays it carries more tourists than raw materials.
the next stop is the Waterworks theme park. it's not a theme park by way of rides, games & parades, but rather an educational park explaining the origins, uses & conservation of water.
like how water is used to drive a wheel to operate farm machines....
like how to operate a water pump like the old days...
but this is definitely their favourite.....firing water cannons
tomorrow, we go on our last leg of the vacation - hobbiton & lake roturua.