We ended up walking 21 km today from around 0800 to 1615 although I (yet again) forgot to turn the watch off at the end so today's gps track shows 28km. You'll also note that there is a dramatic increase in speed at there end! This is because we decided to hitch into the campsite at Mangawhai Heads as we couldn't manage the extra 11km to walk there!
First timer hitching and the first car that came past with only a minute waiting, kindly picked us up and took us into the camp. We will hitch back out there tomorrow to restart.
Had quite a bit of road walking today. Around 7km of flattish,mainly asphalt from Waipu to Cullen Road (although for a couple of kms there was a separate track alongside the road) then it was uphill, first on tarseal then on metal, for about another 7 km to get to the start of DoC's Cullen-Brynderwyn Walkway. This bit was much more interesting, up and down mostly through regenerating forest with occasional views back up to Marsden Point and later south to Mangawhai. As noted above we ended up finishing our walk at the end of this track where it meets Cove Rd.
As noted above, the walking got a bit more interesting on the C-B walkway after our lunch stop. Although the high point of the track was only 297m you can see from the gps track that we did around 615m verbal ascent and descent in total today - so there was definitely a bit of sweat flowing at times as it was fairly warm!
The last bit of the C-B was quite steep down an asphalt road which wasn't much fun - helped make up our minds that it was sensible to pull the plug for the day :-) at the DoC carpark at the end of this track and hitch to the campsite!
We were lucky with the weather, not having to get the raincoats out at all today even though rain was due. However, it is now 2100 while I am writing this and the rain is fair tipping down right now. We are deliciously snug in our tent however - it is supposed to clear up a bit for tomorrow, so here's hoping.
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"!!