The ride into the start of today’s 12.5k walk takes us past some of the area damaged by recent storms and floods. Swathes of areas of mud slides and debris.  Only 2 weeks later the roads are nearly all reopen for business.

Just a “waka” today – a cheeky ground bird who ferrets around in any package left lying. Red and black beaked gulls compete for scavenger status.  A busier trail on the Abel Tasman route though plenty of room for all.

Then three hours on a Catamaran exploring the coast and coves: slowly cooking we baste ourselves to help the sun’s rays take our mind off itchy sandfly bites.

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