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"Nature's Bell Rock
chimes out a chorus to
the valley below"
Sam from Clive
WIN a Holiday Package
Bush walk delightful in-SITE
The walk to Bell Rock, near Tutira, is a great
one, says Samuel Joe, of Clive.
It was a three-hour return walk through
native bush ringing with the sound of wood
pigeons [kereru] and other native birds -- so
loud that I could
imagine this is what
the bush would have
sounded like before
European settlement in
After crossing farm-
land peaks you come
across this really stun-
ning outcrop of rocks --
the largest one in the
shape of a bell.
Quite suddenly you
realise you are 1000
metres up on the edge
of a cliff face with a
fantastic view down the
valley below. The day
we went it was really
windy and I can
imagine that it is the
wind that shapes the
rocks into these
The walk s start is
11G2 hour drive north of
Napier beyond Boun-
More information: doc.govt.nz. If you have a
great Hawke's Bay experience like this, share
your in-SITE and you could win a fantastic prize
package. To enter visit the Napier i-SITE website
Westshore Hopper off to flying start
Ready to roll: HBRC transport co-
ordinator Megan Welsby and Hopper
bus driver Dave Cummins.
By NEILL GORDON
If you want the experience of
being a tourist in your own city,
travelling on the Napier to
Westshore Hopper bus is one way
of doing it.
Although the Hopper has more
of a public transport than tourist
feel, the view of some of Napier s
best sights out the window
prevails over what is a moderately
noisy, jiggly ride.
About 500 trips were taken on
the bus in the first fortnight after
the six-month trial service began
on October 17.
It is a trial and we re really
keen to get feedback from people --
that we ve got the route right, the
stops where people need them,
says Hawke s Bay Regional Coun-
cil sustainable transport co-
ordinator Megan Welsby.
If the service proves popular it
will be made permanent and con-
sideration given to putting an
upgraded bus on the route.
Adult one way fares are $3, $2
for tertiary students and com-
munity services cardholders and
$1.50 for children. Senior citizens
with a Super Gold Card travel
free and have been major users of
The genial driver is former
Napier City traffic superintendent
Dave Cummins, who has come out
of retirement for life in the bus
Residents from Ahuriri s Prin-
cess Alexandra Retirement
Village have been some of his best
The delightful thing about that
is that some of these people are
getting out, having a certain
amount of freedom, they haven t
had before, Mr Cummins says.
Some of the Princess Alexandra
passengers have found they can
use it to travel to collect a meal
from their favourite fish and chip
shop in Westshore.
It s not just transport, it s a
social service, he says.
Passengers Noel and Ruth
Dymond, Super Gold Cardholders,
are on their second trip the day
the Napier Mail takes a ride.
It stops right outside [our
apartment] -- we couldn t believe
our luck, Mr Dymond says.
We ll probably use it every
week. We can enjoy the scenery
and you meet all kinds of people.
Ms Welsby says at the other end
of the age spectrum, mums and
toddlers have been hopping on for
trips to the playground at Spriggs
Commuters too are finding it
useful for trips to work on both
sides of the hill and connecting
with other bus routes.
Of course we ve been asked the
question if it competes with the
new Art Deco buses [a Napier City
Council service which begins in
March] but we see that it fits in
very neatly with that.
travels from Dal-
ton St to Napier
Tennyson St, out-
Battery Rd, Dom-
mett St (Princess
West Quay and
Meeanee Quay to
return trip is via
Pandora Rd, Battery Rd (Princess
Alexandra Retirement Village),
Ossian St, Nelson Quay, Ahuriri
Village, Hardinge Rd, Battery Rd,
Milton Rd, Napier Tce (former
hospital grounds) and the Botan-
ical Gardens back to the Napier
Health Centre and Dalton St. It
departs every 70 minutes from
Napier between 7am and 5.30pm,
Monday to Friday. Saturday
departures are 10am, noon, 2pm.
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