Day 46; Matakana – The Dome Cafe

6.5 hours.

This morning we were up super early for a taxi we booked for 7am to return to the track. It was a big day ahead so we wanted to get started early. The taxi man dropped us back where we left off yesterday, he was super friendly and chatted to us as we drove up. In fact, he told us that big bang we heard last night was a meteor – crazy business!!

Today was the Govern Wilson – Dome Forest section and we were expecting quite a few ups and downs. The trail started off along the road then headed into the forestry. It then descended down through the bush to emerge mid way on Waiwhiu Road. We stopped here for lunch number one and had a bit of a rest.

We then set off into the Dome Forest. It started by ascending a forestry track, then it continued through the bush up and down a few times before finally arriving at the Dome Summit trig. Excellent. I love trigs šŸ™‚

We had our second lunch here and brewed up some mochas. It was a bit of a celebration really – we were just up from the 500km mark for the Te Araroa (2500km to go). Some DOC workers came up to the trig while we were there and we had a good old yarn to them. I think DOC does a great job with its resources, I’m a big fan.

After a good break at the trig we began the descent down to the Dome Cafe right on state highway one. We emerged from the bush and grabbed a cold drink whilst ringing for a taxi out to Warkworth for the night.

The taxi arrived and it was the same guy we had this morning. We had more of a chat and then arrived at our destination – the Bridgehouse Lodge.

It was a great spot, with a brilliant restaurant and bar downstairs, and is right on the riverside. We had dinner here and it was really good. After dinner we finished our drinks on the pub couches then headed to our room for the night.

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The road walk leading up to the Govern Wilson track.
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Heaps of gumboots on a fence.
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Govern Wilson track.
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Continuing along the Govern Wilson track.
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Dome Summit trig mocha celebration šŸ™‚
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View from the Dome Summit.
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Dome track lookout point.
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Exiting from the Dome Forest out to the Dome Cafe.
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Dome Forest information board at the Dome Cafe carpark.
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The Bridgehouse Lodge in Warkworth.
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Our hearty delicious meals at the Bridgehouse Lodge Restaurant.
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