Outdoor’s adventure : Belmont Regional Park.

Today is/was a lovely warm and sunny day in the Hutt Valley.

My son and his partner  + Molly and Luigi

invited Trompie and me to

go tramping  in Belmont Regional Park.

We had a wonderful time.

Belmont Regional Park

282 Stratton Street, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt

Turn off State Highway 2 onto Dowse Drive and drive 3km. Turn onto Miromiro Road and then Stratton Street and drive 3km to the entrance of Belmont Regional Park.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in left hand menu.

 

October photo a day Challenge: Day 13:Landscape

Photos taken by Scrapydo.                        LANDSCAPE

13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.

Snow on the Rimutakas. Took the photo while driving.(In motion)

The Rimutaka Range (often referred to as the Rimutakas) is one of several mountain ranges in the North Island of New Zealand which form a ridge running parallel with the east coast of the island between East Cape and Wellington.The ridge is at its most pronounced in the southern part of the island, where it consists of the RuahineTararua, and Rimutaka Ranges.

The Rimutakas run southwest-northeast for 55 kilometres from Turakirae Head at the eastern end of Palliser Bay to the upper reaches of the Hutt Valley where it joins the southern end of the Tararua Range. The highest peak in the Rimutakas is Mount Matthews, at 940 metres. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimutaka_Range

Landscape as seen from my front door!

Landscape as seen down the road from my place!

Post 300 : Celebrate Spring!

Spring is here BUT

Yesterday and the day before was real winter again.  A cold south weather blast was upon us yesterday. The Rimutaka Hills had snow and the road was closed for at least 5 hours. Everybody from the other side of the hills had to make use of the train to get to work in Wellington.

Road open, but snow keeps falling

Rimutaka Hill road was closed for six hours this morning as a cold snap hit the Wellington region.

The road was closed at 5.15am but was reopened about 11.20am.

NZTA crews have worked this morning to clear snow from the highway and through to Featherston.

Work would continue through the day, which would mean delays, NZTA Wellington operations manager Mark Owen said.

“Light snow is still falling and safety remains paramount, so we’ll be keeping a very close eye on conditions, and we urge motorists to drive with care and to the conditions.”

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said snow was expected to keep falling on the Rimutaka Hill and hills over 400mm-500m around Wellington until about 7pm.

He said it was a result of ”black and ugly” clouds moving in from the south.

On the Rimutaka Hill Rd it was expected 4cm-8cm of snow would settle.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/7656517/Snow-closes-Rimutaka-Hill-Road

The Rimutakas run southwest-northeast for 55 kilometres from Turakirae Head at the eastern end of Palliser Bay to the upper reaches of the Hutt Valley where it joins the southern end of the Tararua Range. The highest peak in the Rimutakas is Mount Matthews, at 940 metres.

State Highway 2 (Rimutaka Hill Road) near the top of the range..jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimutaka_Range

Well, that’s enough about the cold! Let’s

CELEBRATE SPRING

Tulip Magnolia

Anemone

Tulips

Kowhai tree blossoms

That is it for spring today!