|The Taranaki volcano and Hawera township from Hawera water tower|
|Hawera Water Tower|
From Hawera we drove to Dawson's Falls which are on the south eastern side of Mt Taranaki. From here we did a few walks. We walked to the actual Dawson's Falls via a look out and the small hydroelectric power station which powers the visitor centre.
|Luke outside the hydroelectric powerstation|
|The inside of the powerstation|
|Ruth beside the Dawson's Falls|
The second walk was a loop walk to Wilkie's Pools, a series of small waterfalls, down the river, which fall into small pools. In the summer they are suitable for paddling in, but a bit cold today!!
|The beautiful steps we walked up|
|The river with the very red and black volcanic rocks|
We finally drove onto Opunake where we will spend the night at a beach campsite. We had a lovely walk along the beach as the sun was beginning to set to take some beautiful photos.
|The mountain started to appear from behind the clouds|
|Opunake Beach at Sunset|
|Luke enjoying the beach|
|The reflection in the sands on Opunake Beach|
|The stunning Opunake Beach|