another poetry walk…

June 27, 2012

haiku by Michael Dylan Welch on Katikati Haiku PathwayHere’s another destination for your poetry map.

Known as “the Mural Town of New Zealand” and the gateway to the Bay of Plenty, Katikati is “just a half hour’s drive from Tauranga, ninety minutes from Hamilton and Rotorua, and two hours from Auckland and Taupo.” In addition to its murals, Katikati is known for its Haiku Pathway.

According to the New Zealand Poetry Society, “The pathway was officially opened in June 2000, with 24 engraved river boulders, as one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects (its specially designed footbridge was dedicated as the sun rose on January 1, 2000). It is the largest such pathway in the Southern Hemisphere, and the largest collection of ‘haiku stones’ outside Japan.”

By the end of 2007, the Pathway had 30 poem boulders and to mark its tenth anniversary, ten more stones were engraved and installed along the river-side route. Learn more about KatiKati and the Haiku Pathway here.
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Michael Dylan Welch haiku on Katikati Haiku Pathway photo © Gerald England

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