We had done most of our packing last night so had a relaxed rise in the motel, with plenty of cups of tea. We left the motel about 0845 to walk up to the family, where Sam was duly cooking bacon and eggs (and mushrooms for B!) which was a nice change from muesli for us :-) Had another nice catch up with the family before we headed off at around 1100 with Sam to go to Invercargill airport. Stopped in at the supermarket on the way to get a roll of cling-film (see below!).
Our flight didn't go until 1330 so we had plenty of time to wrap our packs in the cling-film. We have discovered that this is an easy way to prepare the packs for travel - beats buying cheap stow-bags or getting them commercially wrapped (a service available at some larger airports like Chch). A few times around with the roll is enough to bind all the loose straps together, and is enough to last a short plane journey :-)
We had time for a snack and a drink for lunch and gave the remaining cling-film to the ladies behind the counter to avoid it being wasted! The plane was on time so no travel issues today. Julia, B's sister, had again kindly come in to pick us up from Wellington so we were soon heading home, arriving about 1630. After all the relatively good weather we had had (and indeed it had been very hot and dry on the coast as well), we, of course, arrived home to a somewhat murky day. The only photo for today shows the "view" (or not) of where Kapiti Island usually is as you come down the Pukerua Bay hill!! Anyway - nice to be home after another 5 weeks and about 700km of tramping the hills of the South Island. Now its just a matter of waiting for the weather to play ball so we can tackle our last three day stint in the Tararuas. I will update again when that is finally completed :-)
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"!!