Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
Left camp 0800 for 17.5km walk to Owhango where we knew there was a nice cafe! Ended up walking over 29 km today so not a bad day first up, especially as a chunk of it was asphalt road walking which is really hard on our poor aging feet! Stupid mobile blog app won't do hyperlinks so you will have to cut and paste the following address to get to the GPS data for the day, sorry!
It was a typical road walk with reasonable weather, although it was quite windy which made it rather cool. I even walked most of this with a jumper over my hiking top, which is most unusual for me! Roads were a bit narrow in places with not very wide verges so some care was required. After the 17.5km road walk we arrived at Owhango and immediately headed for the cafe for lunch!
Had a couple of breaks along the way, arriving at the café in Owhango about 1200, just in time for lunch! At the camp last night we had met a young 18yo German lass, Franziska, who was hiking on her own (with an injured foot). She was at the café when we arrived. B and I ordered some yummy treats for lunch and proceeded to spend about 1.5 hrs there eating and resting! We then headed down the road for a couple of kms and found a nice spot to lie down in the sun for 40 mins to take the weight(and shoes) off our feet.
We had said we would catch up with Franziska and camp somewhere on the 42 Traverse track together, as it can get a bit lonely on your own! We caught up with her not long after - ending up doing about another 12 km of the traverse, through some lovely bush and on quite a pleasant track before finding a good spot where we could easily fit both tents. Time for dinner (cottage pie!) and peppermint tea, then into the tent by 2000!
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"!!