Orewa to Okura River
From Orewa the trail took me through the residential roads and along some beaches to Whangaparaoa Peninsula and then it was all downhill to the Weiti River. As I arrived at the mariner I was greeted by Jan and Gunther who invited me in for tea. Later on Gunther was kind enough to provide me a ride across Weiti River on board his small inflatable dingy. So helpful! I was very appreciative to get across the narrow but deep river and to arrive on the other side with dry boots.
I continued my hike into Auckland along the estuary. About 5 minutes after I stepped out of the small white dingy I was greeted by 3 lovely ladies on horse-back. One of the ladies named Pat knew the area very well and described the best place for me to cross the Okura River (where the spit ends by a road).
Pat invited me in for lunch when I later crossed paths with her. I really enjoy these moments on the trail and I’m very grateful for such generous invitations. I had the most delicious lunch with Pat and her husband John. Thanks so much for having me over at your place. I really enjoyed meeting you both. I hiked for a little while longer that evening and could see Auckland Sky Tower in the distance. This is the moment I thought to myself “Now, I am getting somewhere”.