Our plan for today was a leisurely rise to do our resupply shopping at about 0800. But first we dropped in to Outside Sports to get a replacement pair of Icebreaker socks. I always felt weird about using Icebreaker’s lifetime warranty but the guy in the shop was great and said "no problem" - grabbed an identical pair of the shelf and took my old holey pair in exchange! He said they never had any issues with Icebreaker replacing them - a good PR ploy :-) So now I have a nice new pair of socks to finish off with. Then it was over the road to New World for our restock, which we took back to the hostel to organise for our next stretch.
Having only a short 15km to Glendhu Bay today, we exited the hostel at 1000 and found a nice cafe for a hearty brunch to set us up for the day! Then it was a brief look at a local market before hitting the lakeside trail. Again it was a weekend warrior type cycle trail initially - flat, well packed and well used. We wandered past the famous ”Wanaka tree” and had to take a photo even though millions will have taken better ones!! The track for the day is here.
About half way, I'm guessing just past Damper Bay, the track started to get a bit more hilly with lots of little ups and downs. As a consequence, mainly because of water effects on slopes, the track got a little rougher, but still fine for walking. This part of the track was noticeably less populated with traffic (foot and bike) - obviously people like the flat bits better!!
We plodded on with our sore feet and eventually reached the campground. We settled into our quaint little cabin and stocked up on some cold drinks from the store - then first priority was a wash and a little lie down!! After our big brunch we had brought some fresh soup with us for a lighter dinner and were ready for bed around 2200, knowing there was no rush to get up on Xmas day. A lie-in - a luxury not often afforded us :-)
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"!!