Day 18 – Thursday 30th October

Taiharuru Estuary Route, Kauri Mountain Track and Ocean Beach Walkimage

Start Point: Footbridge over Pataua River, joining Pataua North and Pataua South

Finish Point: Junction Ocean Beach Road and Ocean Beach (South)

Distance: 19km Time: 5 1/2 hours

Up at 5am and a quick breakfast and Kirsty dropped us back down to the Estuary. Maryanne, Hannah and I started off and into the mud we strided. Some steps sinking in more than others. A bit of shoe sucking and water. As we got further round we had to do some water crossing, up to thigh deep and lots more mud slopping. My shoes became a nice shade of grey.

Once back on firm ground it was up through some farm land and out onto the road. I there found a stream to wash the mud off myself and my footwear. It was then time for my next walker Rachelle to join me. She got a good warm up as the Kauri Mountain Track went straight uphill. The views behind us were amazing – so worth it. We made time to breathe and soak up these views.

It was then downhill through a forest area that came down to Ocean Beach. We stopped for a morning tea break and then realised we had a stream to cross. My shoes were still soaking and Rachelle’s dry so I offered to piggy back her across. Halerious and had to happen at the other end of the beach again – I wish I had photo evidence.

The walk along the beach was hard as the tide was in but the water was a beautiful colour and so clear. We also had magnificent cliffs in front of us to stare at that were rugged and foreboding (tomorrow’s worries). It was a short day but varied terrain. Thanks for the company and catch up, Rach!

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