Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
We had a leisurely breakfast with Lorraine and Don before Don took us back down to the Mangawhai town centre. We stocked up on some supplies at the 4Square and headed off about 0955 (genteel start time!). Ended up doing 22.8 km today - currently having trouble syncing the watch with the phone app so link to the gps track for the day may have to come later - if it starts behaving again.
Today's walk started with about 6 km of sealed and (mainly) gravel roads to get out to the beach, followed by 16+km of beach (yes - more beach, although it is probably the last significant beach left!), with a little hilly point thrown in the mix somewhere in the middle to break it up!
We got to Te Arai Point about 1230 and stopped for an hour for lunch. There were quite a few people there as it was the last day of Waitangi weekend (Monday).
The stop was at the northern base of the point so we started after lunch with a climb over the headland. Not very long but we did need the gps a few times as there were little tracks going in different directions everywhere!
Having worked our way over the headland and back on the beach, it was head down for the rest of the beach to Pakiri - 11km or so.
Arrived at Pakiri Beach Holiday Park around 1730. A lovely spot with a river estuary and nice campsite for our tent and good facilities. We thought we might have a rest day tomorrow (Tuesday) but decided to leave the decision until the morning.
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"!!