There is a small area of State Highway 5 that is similar to the Lost World.
Rugged wilderness, existential-era houses flow into the huge hill, as if hooked by the wild elements that often haunt this gentle terrain. This is You Frotto.
Mapping your way 61 kilometers northwest of Napier, the small settlement comes unexpectedly from you. Few houses can be seen from the Napier-Taupo highway, but only seven are affected.
Its residents are still struggling to reconcile with murder there in December 2018. For those who live there, their little paradise that is now rounded by the death of one Hum.
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Alex Latimer's body was found on a rural estate in the heart of the community, he was 30 years old. Laterists and members of Ngti Janeuru later gathered to bless the area where it was found.
David James Lothian, 27, and James Taylor Martin Webb, 24, pleaded guilty to murder. The trial will be held in Napier next month.
"It is certainly disturbing to know what happened here. No one can believe it, but we deal with it in the best way possible, "said resident Connie Brown.
"I'm not from here, but my husband is and I think it's a nice place, it's a place of yield."
Brown, who has lived in the area for 15 years, described the community as a small but "tight knit" with no fear of "dunking".
"When it's snowing here, you always get people stuck on the roads … that's why we help them when needed. Same thing with traffic accidents, people just want to help and we have a great relationship with the local police too. "
Resident Ivy Smith said locals are still struggling to find closures after Latimer's death.
"It's just horrible what happened, I still agree with that, we all are," she said. “The property (where it was found) is now vacant, no one lives there. It just shows you never know what's going on next door. "
Smith, now in his 60s, was born in Te Frutto and returned home from Australia in the 90s. "I didn't want to go back, I loved Australia, but now I wouldn't have it any other way, this place is beautiful."
But Smith said people used their beauty and isolation because the area had a history of medicines.
"One thing that made me sad when I came back was all the locked gates. All the small roads and paths were closed because people would go down there and climb into evil. I think it's really sad. "
Te Frotto, meaning "pool" in Mori, was not always empty. It was a thriving community because of the Gardner Timber Mill, which began in the mid-1930s.
It was near the now-closed Summit Coffee – once a popular truck and passenger station.
Smith said the mill had collected domestic trees, but after its closure in the 1960s the community was depleted, with many traveling to Australia for similar work.
Wally Carlson, 82, grew up there and lived by the mill during his time working. "I was driving by the area not too long ago, now there is nothing left of it. Go through some livestock stands and it will take you to the bottom of the hill and there was little settlement."
The only lighting available in the houses was either by candles or kerosene lamps, before the mill eventually received a diesel powered generator on which the houses were wired.
Carlson was attending Te Herero School, which had only two classrooms and a roll of less than 20 children. The enlarged building is now empty, and local iwi are looking to find more use for it.
"It was quite a walk to school, but everything looks a hell of a lot smaller than it was when I was young," Carlson laughed.
Most social gatherings took place at Te Hāroto Marae, with Carlson saying there were games, parties and even weddings.
The area has always been at war with nature, from heavy snow to bush fires. “The shrub spread right next to the mill, where all the homemade trees were harvested. Wastee has a lot of wood debris and such, so they'll push it on an old rail line and turn it over the edge of a big galley just behind our house.
"One day there was a huge fire and it spread into the bay and all the work was burned. I had to be around for six years. It was expanding towards the neighborhood, and part of our house also burned."
"Fortunately they managed to extinguish it. It does not burn thanks to its kindness. We had to be evacuated from the house, I remember the spark that was flying around and the flames. "