It’s crazy isn’t it, that we often miss visiting interesting places in the area that we grew up in for various reasons. We may have driven past such places and thought, I must stop in there one day, and it just never happens. Or sometimes you don’t even know something exists until you have children and you see your home area with fresh new eyes. This is something I am finding out with Central Hawkes Bay. I grew up there, but there are so many places I have never visited until now.
For the first time this past Sunday, I visited the Taniwha Daffodils and what a beautiful place it is. Yes, I have driven past many times and thought to myself I must visit, but it wasn’t until last Spring when some friends posted pictures online that I really thought I should visit and I wasn’t disappointed even on a cold cloudy spring day this place is stunning.
We arrived early hoping to avoid the crowds, but once we arrived we saw that the place was so big that there is space for everyone. Alex and Frankie immediately headed for the courtyard where there are seats, gravel and Tonka toys. We decided to sit and have a coffee while the kids were quite contented played in this area and the fact we were the only ones using it at the time. There is a cute little coffee counter serving Hawthorne Coffee, Tea, Barkers Juices, Rush Munro’s Ice Cream and a few sweet treats. If you are coming along for the day, make sure you pack a picnic lunch and snacks for the kids though.
Once we had finished our coffee we grabbed our buckets and headed off to pick daffodils. There are paths that wind around the park, over bridges, past lakes, swings and tree houses. Make sure you do venture right around because there are so many beautiful hidden spots that you will find.
There are over a hundred different varieties of daffodils to pick, my favourite being the one pictured below. If anyone knows the actual name of it please let me know, because I would like to plant some bulbs of this variety in my garden. They are so sunny and happy looking.
Highlights for Alex and Frankie were the beautiful White Swans (feature photo) and the Crocodile infested lake, (we will keep that as a surprise).
Once you have wandered through the park and picked enough daffodils, head back to the administration area where your Daffodils are wrapped in cellophane. 30 flowers for $5.00. Proceeds from these go to the chosen charity – Plunket.
If you have not ventured down to the Taniwha Daffodils in Central Hawkes Bay, this is a definite must do this September and if you have missed out, write it in your diary for next year or follow Taniwha Daffodils on Facebook to get updates for their 2018 season.
A couple of things to remember if you are heading down to CHB.
- Pack warm clothing, the Takapau plains can get quite cold with spring winds whistling down from the snow capped Ruahines.
- Gumboots will make your walk more fun.
- Take a picnic lunch or snacks
- Cash is best but they do have EFTPOS available.
- A camera, I sadly only had my phone camera and very much regret not having my camera.
Directions as per link. Taniwha Daffodils