Sunday 30th October:
After a few days recovery in Kerikeri, I moved on to Paihia. Back on the track, I felt pleased to be making progress, hiking through dense forests, but at the same time I knew I had some serious ground to gain. Read more
An incredibly slow and long walk into Kerikeri where I finally arrived at Woodlands Motel. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay here. The owners Tony and Wendi really looked after me well. One night I returned from a long walk and Wendi had dinner all ready and waiting for me. Read more
I slept well after the long day yesterday. It was an easy downhill walk to Puketi Forest Hut although my blisters seemed to have grown during the night which made for slow hiking.
I stopped by a Kauri Reserve. It was well worth seeing the ancient green world of huge trees and rare birds. The pathway through the forest is created by huge Kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along its edge kept luring me in.
I spent about an hour there just enjoying the amazing family of trees.
Since there was rain about and there had been some heavy rain a few days before I bypassed the Puketi Forest and headed north into the forestry hills. I came across a closed gate and some signs that said the area was patrolled by security and that the logging company should be called before entering. Read more