It is just a gully. From the outside, there is nothing much special to see about it. In fact, you'd hardly know it was there.

But to a group of people in Acacia Bay, the stormwater gully that runs parallel to Reeves Rd is the centre of its own special community.

Here in this unremarkable cleft in the land, people have found friendship, rest, beauty, poetry and connection. To them, it is a gathering place and a precious spot.

Teresa Smith first discovered the gully two years ago when she moved to Taupo from Auckland. Awaiting major back surgery and