News from Whanganui Bay is that the Marae construction is coming along
at the usual pace. There seems to be a common misconception about parking
arrangements. Climbers have been asked to park at the Marae and not drive
down to the lake at all. The main reason for this is actually to reduce
the amount of traffic on the road between the Marae and the lake.
Therefore, driving your car down to unload your gear not only defeats the
purpose, it actually makes things worse (with people ferrying loads to and
fro all weekend).
So please do not, under any circumstance, drive your car down to the
lake. And for people who usually sleep in their car or van, although itıs
a bit inconvenient, just take a tent and walk down like everyone else.
Mere (the Caretaker) has found an obvious solution to a common problem for
weekend climbers. She has asked that people staying for a Friday and
Saturday night come and see her on Saturday morning before ten am and pay
her for the weekend then. This works out well for everybody because then
she doesnıt have to hang about waiting for people to come by in dribs and
drabs and us climbers donıt have to wander all around getting confused
when she's not at her house.
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