Today’s our second rest day at Ahipara and we thought we’d use it to do what any Te Araroa hiker must do on a day off; climb the local hill. Lol. After a yummy cooked breakfast we set off to climb Ahipara Hill only to find we couldn’t seem to access it due to private land
Nevermind, off to Ahipara store for ice cream and a bit of a walk along the beach. Then spent the rest of our afternoon drinking beer in the sun and relaxing.
Had a knock on the door in the late afternoon from some other Te Araroa hikers! Shared a beer with them and swapped some tales before heading up to the restaurant for a last hearty dinner before we hit the Herekino Forest tomorrow. The owners have even kindly offered us a ride to the start of the track.
The Te Araroa hikers we met are an awesome couple from Australia (but we won’t hold that against them) Anna & Roger who are doing the hike in an almost as leisurely manner as we are – lol 🙂 They are only here for two months though so are only doing what they can until they can come back to do more.