While I have travelled fairly extensively through the North Island it is very rare that I do a trip that has no purpose other than to see the country. However after many comments from my wife we decided to head away for a week and drive to New Plymouth.

As we decided to travel by unusual routes we started by taking the most direct route out of Upper Hutt which is via the Akatawara Valley. This road is very windy and not one for the faint hardy. At the top we discovered this site.

I suspect that this car was taken for a joyride and then touched. In the middle of nowhere everything burned up

I suspect that this car was taken for a joyride and then touched. In the middle of nowhere everything burned up

The en route to New Plymouth you pass through many small towns and wide areas of cultivated lands.

The seagulls were following the ploughing intently

The seagulls were following the ploughing intently

At Patea we tuned off and drove down along the river and parked opposite the ruins of the freezing works. The works closed a long time ago and are slowly collapsing. We were surprized though at the state of what must have been wharfs on the opposite side of the river.

Vegetation is slowing taking over from the concrete.

Vegetation is slowing taking over from the concrete.

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Timbers are all that remains of this wharf

Timbers are all that remains of this wharf

As you move further up the country there are lots of examples of where businesses have closed and the structures left behind.

I love how the creeper had used the bars on the window to grow

I love how the creeper had used the bars on the window to grow

These are all that remains of an old wharf

These are all that remains of an old wharf

This house looked derelict so I was shocked to see someone move around the back

This house looked derelict so I was shocked to see someone move around the back

The only thing that I did want to shoot in New Plymouth was the Te Rewa Rewa bridge. The bridge is part of the coastal walkway and it both a functional structure and a piece of art. We waiting until we had golden light to shoot it. The biggest challenge with something like this is to ensure that you take something different.

Trying to be little creative.

Trying to be little creative.

This bridge in New Plymouth is both functional and a piece of art. Mt Taranaki stays hidden in the cloud behind.

This bridge in New Plymouth is both functional and a piece of art. Mt Taranaki stays hidden in the cloud behind.