Day 35; Pataua South – Ocean Beach

5 hours.

We had an early breakfast organised for this morning which arrived at 7am. A basket full of deliciousness as previously experienced. We ate up as much as we could then packed up our gear ready to hit the trail again. Before setting off we passed by the main house and thanked Adam & Alex for the great hospitality.

The first 1.5hours were along the road to the beginning of the Kauri Mountain Track. The Kauri Mountain Track was a good steep climb up to the 245m trig. There was a seat at the top too with a great view ahead to the next part of today’s walk along Ocean Beach. What a treat 🙂

We had a wee rest up there and ate some food before making the descent down to the roadside, along and out to Ocean Beach.

The walk down Ocean Beach was nice. Not too hot and only 6km. Once at the settlement end of the beach we gave Dougie a call. Dougie has a wee place at Whangarei heads just along from Urquharts Bay. He has a very reasonably priced cottage (Appin cottage) on his property (which we are staying in) and he also welcomes Te Araroa hikers to camp on his property for just $10. Also he owns a boat and is able to get you across to Marsden Point, a perfect stop for Te Araroa hikers really.

Anyway, he kindly offered to pick us up and bring us back to his place from Ocean Beach and to drop us back the next morning so that we could do the Bream Bay Track with day packs.

On the ride back Dougie discovered Neil was Scottish like himself and they had a bit of a yarn. On arriving back at his house he had a group of musician friends about who played various Celtic instruments and invited us down to join them if we would like.

We went up to the cottage to freshen up and then popped down to his wee homestead to enjoy an evening in front of his bay socializing. We really enjoyed it and they were a great bunch of people.

Beginning of the Kauri Mountain Track.
Looking right back to Ngunguru from part way up Kauri Mountain Track.
Heading up Kauri Mountain.
Kauri Mountain trig.
Coming down onto Ocean Beach.

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