I had the Billy boiling and the porridge simmering by day break (7am), and the group were not long in appearing for breakie. Not a stunning morning, but oh so peaceful. The two German couples were down the other end of the campsite, so only us about. NICE.
A short 90 min walk to Bark Bay, allowing time to show off some of my favorite NZ native plants.... Rimu, Lancewood, a few Beech, and manuka. The tide was coming in quickly, so we had to walk around the bay, instead of cutting across the estuary, but that opened up the opportunity to take some top shots from the bridges, across to the campsite peninsular. More Nice.
who had lent us the guitar was dead......for lending the guitar. I offered him the services of Annette, my young German music teacher client, to help him with his guitar skills. He replied that he would love her help, as he had only been playing a guitar for 45 years, and any help he got would be appreciated. The DOC staff up here are so accommodating.
The crew took off kayaking with Tina, and I headed back to Tonga. A lovely walk, no pressure, no hassles, and arrived to find my packed lunch had been delivered......yummy yum yum. Thanks Wilson's. These guys do a fantastic service. Always helpful, smiling and courteous. They were due to pick me up at 2pm, so I had time for a swim....refreshing plus.....lunch, and to chat with a few of the hikers that stopped by. Met a young lady from Wanganui via Motueka who's partner was attending the Mot Aviation College. She was waiting for him to finish study so they could travel to Canada and Europe. She was the only NZer I met on the track over two days. All the rest were German, Swiss, British, a couple of Dutch and one Austria. Where are you Kiwis? Working?
bonus. Then back along the coast to Anchorage. Fletch Karryn, Brendan, Russell, Vicky and Karen will remember us camping on the launch there, and a couple of kayaks went for an independent float. I think this was also where Karen first swam in the ocean. Picked up the kayakers here. They had had a great day, exploring all the tidal rivers. Tides had worked in great for their trip.
Back to Kaiteriteri, then a drive through the Golden Downs forest to St Arnaud, and Lake Rotoiti. Everyone zooms off for a hot shower while I prepare Mexican Enchiladas for dinner. It's Susans birthday, so we also have cake........Too much food. My hot shower is very welcome. My bed is looking really inviting. More adventure tomorrow. Yehaa.