As noted earlier, we had decided to have this as a rest day to avoid heavy rain and to rest weary bodies. Had a fantastic dinner last night at the Pizza Barn in Waipu. Absolutely beautiful pizzas (quite possibly the best we have ever tried) and a delicious wheat beer for me - brewed on the premises. Well worth the visit if you are near Waipu!!
Went to local museum for a look this morning. In chatting with the lady in the shop about where everybody came from etc, I mentioned Ben and Joyce Howell (for those outside family, Ben was my mum's cousin) who farmed near Waipu for decades. Of course, being a tiny town, she knew then well. It turned out that Joyce was living in a retirement place right opposite our backpackers!! So I rang Joyce and Belinda and i popped across for a couple of hours this afternoon to catch up. Coincidentally her son Graham came in as well so we had a bit of a catch up!
The backpackers is a small place out the back of the owners' house. Pleasant enough for what we need! However, it will be back on the trail tomorrow with the promise of some rain over the next few days!
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"!!