We awoke to our planned rest day with some relief, having been walking for 6 straight days - quite a long stint for us at this stage of our "restart".
We fluffed around a bit as e had to swap caravans, which was accomplished by about 1100. Our next plan was to head to Shoe Clinic in Albany to see if we could find a solution for the unpleasant blisters that B has again had on this leg of our trip. Negotiating the buses want to bad and we only had to change once from Takapuna to the Albany mall. In fact, on the way back, we even managed a direct bus!
Not being able to get a size bigger of her current shoes, B elected to go with a pair of Hoka One One Challengers - which is what I wear as well. We will see how those go for reading pressure and preventing more blistering. I will not miss her on a dark night as the new season's model is a brighter colour than my more staid blue and yellow!
We dined in this evening and got ourselves sorted for a reasonable start time in the morning - as we had booked a bus from the city for 1300 to take us back up to Opua.
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"!!