NZ DAY 19
TE WHARA TRACK : Pataua to McKenzie Bay 28KM (TOTAL KM'S WALKED 380)
The Green Bus Stop
WOW days like today are the days that make it all worthwhile. Starting the day at 4am to ensure that we crossed the estuary right on low tide was truly worth getting up in the dark. With the sun just coming up over the horizon we started across the estuary. This was both surreal and magnificent. Picture cannot do this justice it was still and silent with the silence broken every now and then by a lone crane call. From the estuary we made our way up some pastoral land and up Mount Kauri the amazing views over the estuary and the coast was more than enough reward for the steep ascent. We descended onto the beach for a 6km beach walk but unfortunately due to our pace we couldn’t dodge high tide and so couldn’t get around the headlands. Instead we had to bush bash up the side of the hill, we ended up in someone’s front yard before finally finding the trail again. Hannah followed David and myself and we were witness to one of the funniest dummy spit I have ever seen. The profanities were flying thick and fast. 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.
HIGHLIGHT : Having stairs on both the incline and decline of Bream head
LOWLIGHT: Having stairs on both the incline and decline.
Let me explain, I was very grateful for stairs rather than scrambling 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. Grateful to the Spunky Rooster for gently conjouling me down the stairs.