Friday, 28 June 2013

Kaponga : The Southern Gateway to Mt Taranaki

Kaponga :A Town on the Steampunk Frontier

The Southern Gateway to Mt Taranaki 


 Kaponga was settled in the 1870s  through the New Zealand Land Company .
The settlement is nine miles west of Eltham, and sixteen miles east of Opunake, on a good coach road. It is part of the Kaponga survey district of the Taranaki land district, and is in the Waimate riding of the county of Hawera. It was  set up to service the settlers on the farm clearings in the surrounding area.

The area  has a bounty of  beautiful natural features that have attracted Intrepid Steampunk adventurers from the 1840s to this day
Kaponga Anglican Bible Class on the summit of Mt Egmont, 1908. This group was indebted
to Dr and Mrs Maclagan for its vitality. 

Tramping & hiking remain popular with tourists and visitors to the area , bike tours are gaining traction

Dawson Falls cascading down the decades

Ever the  ideal in Steampunk Intrepid Exploration in the New Zealand  Grand Tour experience


 Dawson Falls  own Romantic Hotel



Still working ,The Power Station at Dawson Falls is the one of the oldest in the country. Built in New York in 1901 it landed in Kaponga c1935

Kaponga- Still a one horse town

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