Day 28

look at those calves! Worth waiting for eh?

look at those calves! Worth waiting for eh?

Dacre house. Cool campsite

Dacre house. Cool campsite

I'll have all of those please!

I’ll have all of those please!

Dacre House 9.30pm. We are motoring to Auckland! we have camped in the garden of an old farmhouse right next to the beach, not sure if we can but no one will come by now. We’ve walked about 21km today despite late start from Wenderholm. we didn’t leave until after 10am because we are walking along the coastline across the rocks to Orewa which can only be done at low tide. I quite enjoyed the rock hopping was different to everything else so far. had lunch in Orewa plus a “bowl” of coffee. It’s becoming more strange to come into places where lots of people and cars are milling about. you begin to question which is more normal, walking in natural environments or travelling in cars and shopping! `after the hefty lunch (s.roll, sandwich plus slice pizza for me no less) the walking was pretty grim. This is another “road margin” loop but this time included new zealands main state highway, Highway 1. Even when we came off that at `east coast bays road there was still lots of noisy traffic and little margin to walk on. we just had to grin and bear it for 10kms. `i finally got to top of the road where it began to go down towards stillwater about 3kms away and waited for karla, there was a chap parked up and chatting on the phone. Karla was a while as she’d already stopped for a break and when she got to us the man offered us a lift (would he have offered it if Karla hadn’t come up i wonder, he was a nice chap so he probably would), he said the road was even windier down to stillwater and this was the rush hour (5pm) so advised not to risk him, we didn’t need any persuasion to be honest so he took us to the start of the Okura track. This just left an hours walking through some nice bush headlands to this lovely little spot that Karla had seen quite a few times when she’d used the track for running along and always wanted to camp here.

we have 2 options tomorrow, one is to wait for low tide to wade “waist deep” across estuary less than a km from here or to walk further inland across where shallower with an extra 3km walk on roads. Think I’ll sleep on it. Karla is staying/walking with family and friends after tomorrow for a few days so I will be on my own again. I’m thinking of having a couple of half days in Auckland to catch up with blog and try Skype for first time to Marie and Alice, also need to do some planning ahead (kit, food, DOC pass for huts, schedule etc)

(photos to follow including of my calf muscles, i can sense your eager anticipation already!)

Dads shirt in pohutakawa Wenderholm

Dads shirt in pohutakawa Wenderholm

My socks in pohutakawa Wenderholm

My socks in pohutakawa Wenderholm

Easier section of rock hopping

Easier section of rock hopping

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