It was a wet and miserable start to the day. You could hardly see across the bay, but very soon the rain abated and the rest of the day was dry and sunny.
Before leaving town we had to visit the bakery to buy pies for lunch. The road then winds its way out of town and up the valley to the first climb of the day. The ride was mostly along the coast with a couple of big climbs along the way and good views across to the Motukawao Group of Islands.
It was a short ride and we arrived at Colville Farm, our camp site around 2pm. The site is a working farm which has been in the same family for over 100 years. There are lots of nice walks up into the bush to see the old gold mine with its glow worms and to three different waterfalls.
But before we could enjoy the countryside we had to take a 1km ride into Colville to the local store, which is a tourist attraction in itself. It stocks everything (just about) from petrol to tent pegs as well as food and beer, the essentials.
Next door there just happens to be a nice little cafe with a couple of cakes that had our names on them.
Household chores completed we rode back up the valley about 3km to the start of the walk to Umangawha Falls. We locked our bikes to a tree and set off through grazed meadows full of cattle and a docile bull, (he was happy, he had lots of women about). There used to be a footpath all the way up the river to the waterfall, but it was washed away in the 2002 floods. The only way to the waterfall now is to scramble up the river bed, which we always find great fun.
We had gone prepared, in our trainers, knowing that we would get wet. It was a hard 40 minute scramble over boulders, pools and rocky banks. It was worth the climb and of course we had to have a brief dip in the lovely, but cold pool.