Sunday, November 30, 2008

NZ Views: Paeroa hills

This weekend, we went to Paeroa (where we lived for a couple years) for a family birthday party. We stayed with Nigel’s Mum, and the Paeroa hills in this photo are visible from her house (by the way, I wasn’t being lazy: I left in the roofs and house to give a sense of perspective).

Anyway, the hills are one of the natural features of Paeroa, and form the backdrop as you’re driving into town from Auckland on State Highway 2. This particular part of the hills—with the rock outcroppings—is visible from several places in town, and it’s one of my favourite views. While we were living there, some bright sparks suggested that the hills have Hollywood sign-style white letters spelling “Paeroa” mounted on the hills. The idea never went anywhere, and while it probably wouldn’t have been in this particular spot, it shows you why few thought it was a very good idea.

There may well be gold in those hills, as neither Thames nor Waihi, and their gold mining history, are very far away. For now, though, the hills are farmed, mostly with sheep who can handle the steeper slopes, but also with some dairy cattle. I just think the hills are nice to look at.


Nessa said...

very pretty :)

Arthur Schenck said...

I couldn't see the outcropping from our house when we lived there, but the hills—including this view—were visible when I drove around town. It's a quite nice area.

Cindy said...

I can see the hills from my place! I've always called it Black Rock and its one of my most favourite views from the porch :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Glad you like our hills, we live in the house that was built by the farmer who owned the hills, and from my kitchen and lounge I look up at 'Black Rock'.

I am told that in the 'old days' men would come and shoot the goats up the 'rock' and the goats would drop to the ground, can't say I like that idea, but goats are a pest.

Blessings and Merry Christmas from Paeroa - Phyllis

Arthur Schenck said...

Yep—one of my favourite things about Paeroa! Thanks for stopping by!