Oakura to Whananaki
After a good sleep I was feeling much better and didn’t wake up with a flu which I could feel coming the night before. I was probably just feeling a bit run down.
It was a big day. The two forests between Helena Bay and Whananaki took me a good seven hours. From the ‘High Chapparal’ entrance at Helena Bay, an old farm track sidled steep pasture and through manuka trees before entering the forest. The tracks were well formed and well marked but there were several steep elevations that were hard work. I was sweating a lot with the humidity as well. The east coast views were worth it.
I finished the day with a short walk along the Whananaki Estuary and finished at the shop where I waited for Katie and the kids to meet me.