Planned rest day in Huntly today. Not much to report!! Caught up on washing (clothes and ourselves!!) and took a walk into Huntly for a bit of a look around and some more food from our now favourite cafe in town! Also gave us time to do a little food packing (although its only two more walking days to Hamilton and another restock opportunity) and to organise accommodation in Hamilton.
Chatting with Carol, she suggested a different approach to the Hakirimata Track (Huntly to Ngaruawahia) that she had suggested to a number of other TA hikers. There is a regular commuter bus between Hamilton and Huntly, stopping at towns along the way, including Ngaruawahia. As an upshot of this discussion, we decided we would walk from Huntly to Ngaruawahia the next day (Sunday) with light loads ("slack packs"), leaving the rest of our gear at the campsite and catch a bus back to Huntly from Ngaruawahia. This would allow us to stay a third night at the camp. We could then catch an early morning bus back to Ngaruawahia on Monday morning for the next leg into Hamilton. Seemed like a fantastic idea to us!!
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"!!