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Alistair and Gail
Begins: Nov 1, 2017
Date: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018
Start: Orewa Holiday Park
End: Uretiti Beach DOC campsite
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 3,071.5
Min Temp: 18
Max Temp: 22
Entry Visits: 80
Journal Visits: 12,538
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Guestbook Entrys: 18
Beard off then short walks on 2 beaches
A much quieter night than in November here so I sleep better even though I hear a couple arguing almost every time i am awake. We wake and it is light so we get up. I am surprised to see it is only 7:15. We have muffins and cheese pinwheels in the kitchen with our usual drinks. It is a warm 18C morning as we drive out of the holiday park.
We go into town and look for a barber shop as I want to get my beard removed before we go home. Not seeing one we look on google maps and see one that opens at 9:00. We see it is high tide and there is little beach visible. The barber shop on Google maps is not there but I find another one. In the meantime Gail looks round some stores. We then drive north on highway 1 to near Wellsford then go on minor roads to Pakiri beach which we were on in November. We park and then while we eat lunch of sardine sandwiches, cake and oranges it starts raining and we wait for several heavy showers to pass before leaving the car at about 11:30.
In November we came to here along the beach to the NW. We opt to walk SE along the beach from here. There is a NW wind blowing but the temperature is 22C. It is bright but generally cloudy with a few sunny breaks. We walk barefoot until we get to some areas of flat rock then we sit for a while. There is a mega mansion on top of the ridge above. I walk round to the rocky point a bit further on where there is a large rock shelf. I return and we walk back along the beach, the wind is now more from the west.
At about 14:45 we start driving again. Back to highway 1 at Wellsford then north to the DOC campsite just past 3 road junctions for Waipu. We register at the office by the gate at about 16:00. The fee includes a $ 2 recycling fee. There are several toilets and one cook shelter but we can camp anywhere in this large area. The lady also tells us the beach is clothing optional south of the campsite. When we walked along the beach in November it was raining with a strong SE wind blowing so no one else was around. We put up the tent near the northern beach access point and blow up our mats and lay out the sleeping bags. A large american motorhome towing an ute comes in and parks not far away from us. This combination is too big for most NZ roads. We then go for a walk along the beach south of the campsite. We can just see a couple of islands and Bream head is clear to the NE. We see a couple of people riding horses and a few others on the beach. We sit for a while by the dunes but then the sun begins to dip behind the hills so we return to the car. We walk to the cook shelter and have more lunch food rather than going for a meal as we seem to have bought quite a lot in Taupo. We sit in the car, listen to the news, then Gail sleeps while I catch up on the note writing. I go to the tent soon after 21:00. No lights to bother me tonight.
Alistair And Gail Hike Te Araroa
Te Araroa is a 3000-km trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, and on green pathways through seven cities. Learn more: www.teararoa.org.nz
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