My preferred route to Auckland is not via State Highway One but rather the less popular SH16 which twists and turns, following the Kairpara Harbour most of the way. I prefer to have a second rate road to myself
rather than share a first rate road with others. Give me the road less travelled and the occasional lovely view any day!
One of the things that make SH16 interesting is a 1000 acre sculpture park, modestly named The Farm, owned by millionaire Alan Gibbs. He bought the windswept site in 1991. Since then, he has commissioned sculptures featuring original works by local and internationally renowned artists.
Slowly over the years we have been watching the changes as we drive by. Not that you can see much from the road but a glimpse of this huge wall has always intrigued.
But next month, if I had $250 to play with I could visit The Farm on one of the rare occasions the property is open to the public. Alan Gibbs will host a couple of former politicians to discuss what they would do as "New Zealand's dictator for a year".