Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
We were kindly offered a ride up to Taumarunui by our friend Geoff, so he picked us up at home, leaving Paraparaumu around 0945. We stopped for lunch at Taihape and then stopped at Owhango, where we dropped off supplies with Grant from Owhango Adventures, who are providing canoes for our Whanganui River leg starting at Whakahoro in a week or so. Great to be able to have it stored and then delivered to us aling with the canoe - as we don't have to carry it on our backs, it includes luxuries such as apples, "wet" dinners and beer! :-)
Then it was onto Taumarunui info centre where Geoff dropped us off before 1430. We had some torrential rain on the way up after Ohakune but it had eased somewhat by Taumarunui. After a brief stop we donned our full packs and headed off down the road to the Holiday Park, about 4km down the road. It was a nice stretch out for us, taking less than an hour! Much longer days in store ahead of us!
We had a cabin booked for our first night back on the road and it was nice to have a bed to relax on and have a cuppa, all while being out of passing showers! Blog completed by 1730!
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"!!