Day 70 – Sunday 21st December

Kapiti Coast and Centennial Highway

Start Point: Waikanae River Bridge SH1

Finish Point: Pukerua Bay Train Station

Distance: 30km Time: 7 hours

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Wow day 70….how amazing to be at day 70 with only three days left to walk. Graeme and I walked down to the Waikanae Bridge and met Petrina who was joining us walking today.

The Kapiti Coast Trail was lovely and flat, by the river. The river was pretty full flowing and brown due to the heap of rain lately. We passed some horses and plenty of birds.

We came to a play ground and sat at a picnic table over looking the sea. The weather was lifting a little bit. It was the type of weather that had us putting on our jackets, taking our jackets off, repeat, repeat.

We then had some footpath walking as the tide was in so there wasn’t any beach for us to walk on. We ducked onto a coastal walkway and finally got some undulating to what had been a very flat walk so far.

Once we reached Paekakariki, we came across a funky cafe Called The Ocean Store so had to stop for a coffee. We were asked where we had walked from and got a gasp when we said Waikanae. Then I said Cape Reinga and they were really shocked.

We went passed the infamous Fishermans Table Restaurant and did a posey photo. Then walked the Centennial Highway along a skinny footpath with loads of traffic. It was nice seeing the sea and there were heaps of washed up drift wood.

The feet were starting to really hurt but it was plodding time and we could see ahead how much further we had to go. The last part of course was up a hill and it was a great sight to see the Pukerua Bay Train Station, as our finish line for the day.

Another day down, thank you Graeme and Petrina for your great company.

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