Today was a planned rest day and we had arranged with our friends from Te Awamutu, JP and Sue, for them to pick us up from Waitomo for a visit to their property down in Mokau (Taranaki), which is just over an hour away from Waitomo by road.
Got picked up from the campsite about 0930 and headed for Mokau. They have had the property (I think about 70ha - I'm sure JP will correct me if I'm wrong!) for several years now and have been working to build a habitable "shed" for getaways. Its a long thin block that fronts SH3 and goes back east for almost 3km I think. The front has some plantation forestry and right out the back it turns into some really (I mean really!) rugged bush clad "hills". Even JP hasn't been out to the back boundary!
We had a great day exploring parts of the property with JP and Sue (I had been there before, but not Belinda) with a late lunch of fish and chips from the Mokau store thrown in for good measure!! It's great to see the progress that has been made with the place since I was there last (planning where the "shed" might go!). Before heading back north, we stopped for a walk on the beach. It was a pretty calm day in the Tasman and reasonably mild, so a pleasant day for a walk.
A huge thanks to JP and Sue for taking us down and hosting us for the day - it was greatly appreciated :-) - we even got to do some walking for a change (?!).
After a pleasant day, we were dropped off back at Waitomo in the evening where we had a light snack for dinner as we were still fairly replete from the F&Cs earlier in the afternoon.
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"!!