Neil from Ahipara Bay Motel dropped us at the beginning of the track today about 10am.
The first stretch into the Raetea Forest was a gravel road with a pretty chilled incline so was pretty easy going. It went past some random place with prayer flags everywhere – not sure what this was.
At the saddle it turned off left into the bush and was a slog up to the first peak at 580m. It was then a case of following the ridge line past another peak at 600m and then up and along to the Raetea summit at 744m.
At the summit we decided here would be the best spot for our halfway (ish) camp and we found the best camp spot to date here. It was on a grassy clearing beside a repeater station of some sort. Absolutely stunner views!
So far so good. In fact I would dare to say that as it stands the Raetea does not seem all that bad. Especially after finding this stunner campsite for the night.
We set up camp and not long after a couple of people emerged out onto our grassy clearing. They were the mother & son doing the Te Araroa that I had heard were within a day or so of us. We had a bit of a chat and chilled out watching the sunset 🙂