Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
It was great to set off on a fine day - may there be many more to come!
We had to get the obligatory "start" photos of course - at the lighthouse and at start of steps leading down towards TeWerahi beach. Day's GPS track is here - note I accidentally turned it of after lunch so the straight line across Cape Maria van Diemen is not true - and distance is wrong by about 1km or so!
We were unable to get the tides in our favour so we did a short scrub bash above the rocks at the start. Rest of the day was mixture of beach and climbing over headland of Cape Maria van Diemen - lovely scenery to our eyes.
Our lunch spot was just at the start of our first headland - with picture of B as we hiked over it. This basically cuts across Cape Maria van Diemen.
It was a leisurely 12km hike today, having started at the Cape at about 11.30. So reaches Twilight Camp around 4 if I remember correctly. The Suunto doesn't appear to have stored multiple days walking so I am going to have to improve my technology skills as I appear to have no record of first three days walking! Nice little campsite which now has a water tank installed.
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!