These small town taverns are often worth a visit.
The Friday Night Bar meals are fairly popular with the locals too. If you are in the area, this could be an opportunity to dine with real country kiwis!
But be aware, Waihou and this little pub, are not close to the River walk. The walk is named after the Waihou River not Waihow township.
Conveniently positioned about half way along the Waihou Walkway track, is this very 'modern' Bio Loo. Basic and spartan, but functional and relatively clean all the same. Beats sitting on a thornbush or having animals watch while you relieve yourself in the woods. And it's environmentally friendly, ever so important these days. Just spinkle some of the provided sawdust after use, and this will help prevent bad odours from the loo.
This river is entirely Spring fed, and because of the purity of the water, it appears incredibly blue. I've read that 67% of NZ's bottled water comes from this spring. The beauty is stunning, especially the native bush surrounding the river banks. The smell alone, of nature is worth the experience of this walk. You can even see the fish swimming up the river, and the birds twitter all around.
Please respect the private property and that this is an operational farm. Keep to the track. It is also advisable to refrain from venturing to the rivers edge as there are obstacles such as wet bogland and hazardous holes like the one in the photo which has water flowing underneath. Keeping to the track is the safest pathway to take.
Electric fences are very common in rural New Zealand, so if you are unfamiliar with them, it helps to know what to expect. If by chance, you do touch one, you will feel a very strong jolt hit you, but it is not life-threatening nor dangerous. It just has a shock effect, and although I have touch many fences, I still am startled by the jolt.
Cross the fences where there is a style, and the electric wire, only one of the fence wires, will be adequately covered and protected and you won't get a shock. Hold the pole while crossing and you will maintain your balance well. Don't be afraid of the electric fence, just respect it.
There is beauty all around you here, not just in the water. Take some time to look at the bush, to smell it and to get the general feel of it, listen a while as well.
Fondest memory: This is the new frond of the "Ponga", the Maori name of the lovely tree ferns. Here you see this lovely shape, called the "koru". It is where the insignia of our national airline Air New Zealand is derived.
I believe you can eat these korus. Not sure how to prepare them though.
Situated between Putaruru and Tauranga, follow Whites Road [SH28]. There is a parking area on the south side of the road, just before the intersection with Leslie Rd. This is one end, and the other is up Leslie Rd, where there is another parking area. It's easiest to take 2 vehicles and have one at each end, unless you have the time to do the return walk.
Fondest memory: If time is limited you can still see some of the river, perhaps the most beautiful.
Walk from the Leslie Rd end until the Loop Track and return. That is around 1 1/2 hrs back to the car.