While the blog naturally runs behind by a few days, I’ll be adding quick November updates from my phone to this escalating post – “Traverse Update”. Generally every ten days or so I have time to catch up on back-posts etc. So, if you don’t hear from me for a while you know that Gordon has been updating the blog where possible. In a few days from now all photos will wirelessly appear from my phone to Gordon’s PC in Sydney. Hopefully this will close the gap and keep things a little more current. Until then, just know that I’m having a great time exploring NZ!
Wednesday 16 November
I’m packing up and will start hiking again tomorrow morning from Marsden Point (just south of Whangarei). I’ve enjoyed the rest break very much and most of me wanted to keep hiking during that time but sometimes a rest is called for. I’m about 8 or 9 days from Auckland and I’m looking forward to hiking down the coast into the city.
Wednesday 2nd November:
Leaving Teal Bay, I set off for my next short-term goal – a camping spot I’d picked out months ago, alongside a bridge just on the water’s edge of Whananaki Inlet. Towards the end of this day, after hours of hiking, I found myself deep within another badly marked forest which cost me yet another 2.25hrs of hiking – and then I was finally there! Another great nights sleep – this time without the camera pack attached.
Tuesday 1st November:
After a great nights sleep I headed off, more rain, my destination – Helena Bay. I ended up cutting through a forest in search of a road that would lead me to a church. This is where I came across two very nice people – John and Jacki.
They kindly supplied fresh fruit and a sandwich for the road ahead. Could this country get any nicer? I doubt it! Later I reached Helena Bay and just around the corner from that, Teal Bay which is where I’d spend the night. David and Maureen, I can’t thank you enough for the warm welcome and for dropping everything and making me feel so at home.