So it was morning tea and scones in the grand
lounge of the iconic Chateau.
Following this the Jowetts set off up the
mountain road to the “Top of the Bruce” 5200 feet.
All a little nervous at the start, but
afterwards all the bragging about which gears were used
and who was the only Bradford to boil.
From here is was onto the 2 chair lifts and
proceeding up for spectacular views and
refreshments 8000 feet up. For some this day
and the drive and chair lift up the mountain
were a highlight and a personal achievement.
From up here it was downhill all the way to
the historic town of Raetahi for a look around
then back to relax before dinner
Nowhere in Ohakune is far away, but for a
social atmosphere the bus to dinner was great,
arriving together to an attractive venue
which during winter would be too expensive.
A fine meal, followed by the awards and
trophy presentations along with the fun of
fundraising auction and bumper raffles made
for a good night, and a boisterous bus back.
Monday after the farewell breakfast we all departed to all points
north and south
or east, each having different intentions on the way home. The
famous “Smash Palace”,
many acres of cars for wrecking was just up the road and a
worthwhile stop for those that
did so. We understand everyone made it home safely and everyone
had a fabulous time.
Being in a winter town in the off season meant that we were able
to have access to
excellent accommodation, and other venues and activities which
along with weather
ensured this was another Jowett rally to be remembered