Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
Andrew and Ria swung by the motor camp in Whangarei about 0900 and we headed off for the airport - stopping at Ella's place in Onehunga to pick her and Brendon up. Then it was on to the airport for our (B and mine) first ever Jetstar flight (had booked same one as Ria and Andrew for obvious convenience). Late departing but got to Wellington OK. Because we were late arriving, and AirNZ were on time, it meant that we decided to wait the 10-15 minutes of so for Amelia to arrive in Wellington from Auckland (she had been scheduled to arrive an hour after us). Sara kindly came in and picked us all up in the big wagon.
While sitting at the airport waiting for Jetstar, I found some reasonable flights back up to Whangarei so have booked B and I to come back up on Thursday 10th. We have been in touch with Hilton Ward and he and Melva are intending to come down and walk the second day (Whangarei Heads Walk - 12/2/16) with us - so looking forward to that (including meeting Melva who was away when we stayed at Ngunguru).
So now its a busy 10 days or so at home to catch up on things before getting back into the walking!! See you then :-)
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"!!