The track now heads South-East from Ahipara. Ken will be unable to access internet for a few days as he heads through the Herekino & Raetea Forests. The first part of the track is quite a steep climb through a mature broadleaf forest. It then becomes lined with a magnificent stand of Kauri trees draped with moss. From there his track weaves its way through the Raetea Forest, which is a mountainous region of native bushland located south of Kaitaia, then winds and undulates over the Mangamuka Gorge Saddle. This section of the track is often very muddy in places and affords magnificent views to the West coast and North. He is now passing through the Mangamuka Gorge Scenic Reserve.