NZ DAY 19
TE WHARA TRACK : Pataua to Mc Kenzie Bay 28KM (Total KM's walked 380)
WOW days like today are the days that make it all worthwhile. Starting the day at 4am to ensure that we crossed the Taiharuru Estuary right on low tide was truly worth getting up in the dark. With the sun just coming up over the horizon as we started across the estuary was both surreal and magnificent. Picture cannot do this justice it was still and silent with the silence be broken ever now and then by a lone crane call. From the estuary we made our way up some pastoral land and up Mount Kauri t he amazing views over the estuary and the coast was more than enough reward for the steep incline ascent. We descended onto the beach for a 6km beach walk but unfortunately due to our pace we couldn’t dodge high tide and couldn't get around the headland the beach.. Instead we decided to bush bash up the side of the hill into someone’s front yard before finally finding the trail again. Hannah followed us the hill and we were witness to one of the funniest dummy spits of all time. The profanities that followed would make a sailor blush.
After a rest for lunch we headed out to conquer Bream Head. 460m up then 250m down then up 390m then down 760m over 7.5km it was torturous. However the views were sensational. Tonight's camp spot was a walkers camped called The Green Bus Stop built around an old green bus, it was really lovely.
HIGHLIGHT : Having stairs on both the incline and decline
LOWLIGHT: Having stairs on bothe the incline and decline.
Let me explain, I was very grateful for stairs rather than scrabbling up and down the forrest, however it became torturous to my knees and hips after the first 300.
Grateful today to my body for hanging in there expecially coming down there where about 2500 stairs. Grateful for the glorious weather clear and cool. Grateful for being alive and experiencing this gorgeous country.