The Te Waihou Walkway was a very pleasant walk to do on a warm Christmas Day afternoon.
The Blue Spring at the top gushes crystal-clear water at the rate of 42 cubic metres a minute, and the walk alongside the swiftly-flowing river travels over stiles, past farmland and through gorges.
At perfectly-timed strategic intervals there is a 'bio loo' with a bag of sawdust hanging inside. (You sprinkle a handful down the loo over your contribution, and there is absolutely no unpleasant odour, and only some excellent compost to be removed at occasional intervals.)
The water, that fell as rain between 50 and 100 years ago, is a delightful 11ºC when it emerges from the earth. Just perfect to cool my hot Christmas-decorated toes.
Kotare, or the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta vagans), pants on a post in the heat.
Poplar tree fluff makes snow underfoot.
A very English, New Zealand scene.