We had already decided that Sat 12th would be a rest day after several fairly long days for us, especially since B and I were just getting back into it - and Franziska had also had two weeks off with her injured foot before restarting at Taumarunui as well. Our plan was to have Sat off and start walking to Whakahoro on Sunday for a Tuesday start on the Whanganui River canoe trip. But after looking at the huge rain front coming in on Tues, and talking with our canoe hire guy, Grant, we decided to change our plans.
We booked a bus to Wanganui for Sun afternoon staying at the YHA and will walk Wanganui to Bulls on Mon/Tues. We will stay with my brother Grant, and Joan, in Feilding Tues night - and catch the bus back to National Park on Wed - for a Saturday start to the three day paddle (hopefully with some finer weather and safer river levels!). After canoeing/walking to Wanganui, we will bus back to Bulls and continue on from there. A bit messy, but better all round for both safety on the river and for enjoyment of the river journey!
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"!!