Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
Today's gps track is:
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Left Ella's about 0750 and rejoined TA track about 0810 to head under the "new" Mangere Bridge and across the old bridge. From there it was west around the waterfront on mainly concrete paths (well used on a Sunday morning) towards Ambury Regional Park.
Then it was round through the Otuataua Stonefields reserve and east on roads to meet up with George Bolt Memorial Drive which, as locals will know, is the main road into the airport.
We stopped at the shopping centre for a lunch break although nothing much was open (including Countdown) as it was Easter Sunday. After a break there we headed east and south to enter the Puhinui reserve (B hoped to see some horses in action!). Obviously we saw quite a few planes coming into land (they were landing east to west today) - amazing how those larger jets seem to just hang in the sky. Isn't physics wonderful!
A pleasant walk through the Puhinui reserve was followed by a bit of road walking, including stopping for drinks and icecreams at a Mobil!! We had done most of our 32km for the day and needed a recharge!
We did duck back onto the Puhinui Steam track for a couple of kms again before the final 1.5km to the Manakau Holiday Park where we elected to get a cabin for the night. It had been a long hard day on hard surfaces and our feet and legs were definitely feeling it. The good news was that it was probably or flattest day on the whole trail! We only climbed a total of 80m and descended 60m!! It was a very hot day today which made the walk tougher even though it was flat - and I'm sorry to say it may have affected the quantity and quality of photographs. I certainly get less inclined to be snap-happy as I get more knackered towards the end of a long day! :-)
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"!!