As you can see we are still enjoying Opua and the hospitality of Maria, Andrew and Phoenix. Anthony's knee is coming on so we are hopeful to do some more walking soon. I have been out and about, sometimes with Maria and sometimes on my own, exploring some of the many beautiful bush and beach walks; we truly couldn't have picked a more lovely place for recovery and rest. Considering our incredibly busy few months before heading off on the walk, this down time is not such a bad thing and we are very much enjoying that aspect of it.
For the Herekino Forest section of our walk I think my MIT (most important thing) was the bright orange triangles that are attached, generally to trees, to let us know we are still on the correct route. When the bush is dense or you are suddenly zig zagging and things are not too obvious, spotting a marker was usually followed with the reassuring call "I see orange!" Thank you so much to all who diligently place these markers.
That's it from me.
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"!!