Left the Kaimanawas and decided to do the Gentle Annie through to Napier. Both the start and end of this road from Tahape to the Hawke’s Bay are rolling to steep farmland. The bit in the middle climbs over the Kaweka Range and is steep and rugged, and a lot has been planted in pines, but no big deal as the road is tarseal all the way. There are just a lot of corners.
Farmland heading toward the Kaweka Range. High-country sheep stations like Erewhon and Springvale populate this road. Tough and bleak country which seems to farm merino sheep. Did not see any cattle.
Hard country in the tops.
Stayed at a relatively new Doc camp at Kuripapango on the Hawke’s Bay side of the Kawekas, with steep faced hills all around. Campground is pretty basic but lots of space and best if one camps among the tent sites.