This day took us from TA km40 to TA km69.5. We actually did just over 30 km in 8.75 hours with stops.
In short, today was a lot of beach - surprise! The wind was starting to head round to the NW and onto our back quarter rather than the SW we had on out front quarter the first two days. Every little bit of propulsion helps I can tell you!
(link to gps track for day)
Yet again I had a glitch with technology and bumped the pause button on the Suunto as I was putting my pack on after lunch, so the track details are missing approx 1 hour and 5 km! I'll get better at checking after every stop now!
Arrived at Hukatere and set up at Utea Park for the night. Decided on a simple cabin because (a) why wouldn't you! and (b) we have a slow leak already in B's sleeping mat which we will try and sort at Ahipara. Very convivial night with hosts Paul and Tania and there lovely Japanese woofer Atsuko - as well as German and French visitors.
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"!!