Day 22; Kerikeri – Pahia

8 hours.

We set off today and finished the last half hour of the Kerikeri River Track through to the stone store. We grabbed a quick icy cold coke from the Pear Tree Cafe, and then followed the track up behind the cafe from there.

The track followed a few nice walkways on its way to join up to the road where we had a road walk for a couple of hours to the start of the Waitangi Forest Track.

Today was really hot and hard going along the roads and it was good to get to the forest section. It was a good few hours through here and was quite a good walk. It took us past the plaque which marks the opening of the very first piece of the Te Araroa trail by Jim Bolger in 1995. There is also a bit of a cairn monument here.

The track then dropped us down to Waitangi where we caught a bit of a shower. We skipped the treaty grounds as it had been a long day.

It was a walk across the bridge from here and 20 more minutes into Pahia where we stopped for dinner. Beer with Fish and Chips on the pier. Beautiful and so needed.

After dinner we had another hours walk to the Beachside Holiday Park campsite in its own small bay. It was a really nice spot and we stayed in a motel unit here after stumbling in well tired!

Beginning of the track leading away behind the Pear Tree Cafe.
Waitangi Forest Track.
Te Araroa plaque.
Te Araroa cairn monument with the plaque in the foreground. 
View from our campsite motel unit.

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