The third cache in the Wildbore geocache series is hidden near the site of this photograph, taken by Charles E. Wildbore, showing two Valley men pulling a milled log across the Te Awaoteatua Stream bridge at the bottom of Church Hill, Awahou.
The road down to the stream was realigned in the late 1960s/early 1970s, but it can still be seen in the face of the hill when looking north from the bridge (it is also visible as a contour in Google maps). Many roads in the region began their lives as tramlines, used to haul out logs to the nearest sawmill.
The bridge today is an unusual in that is is on a curve, necessary to make the ascent up Church Hill.
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For more information about the history of the Valley and Wildbore’s photographs, see Wildbore: A photographic legacy (Totara Press).