Lying in bed last night Belinda raised the question of why we were planning to start the two day trip to Levin tomorrow! The weather for today was looking absolute rubbish whereas Mon and Tues were looking like improving somewhat! This still gives us Wed at home before starting the Tararuas on Thurs - there looks to be a three day stretch of reasonably good weather starting Thurs. This is important given how challenging the Tararuas can be.
When we awoke this morning we did another weather check and decided a day's delay would work well. It will also help rest Franziska's foot (sounds like a good excuse anyway!). Franziska has offered to cook a German take on a pasta bake for dinner tonight so we needed to do a little shopping in town.
We shot down about midday to have a look at the local Coach House Museum. This is a great facility that showcased the history of land settlement in the area - well worth a visit if you have time. We then went to Focalpoint cafe for some lunch before heading to the supermarket and back to Joan and Grant's for the rest of the day. The wind and rain just kept coming on and off all day - reinforcing what a good decision it was to take today off.
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"!!