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TA Day 73, Onahua Lookout to Kaiuma Bay Road – 44 km

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Green-lipped mussels originally from Ninety Mile Beach in Northland, but cultured in Havelock in the South Island.
Green-lipped mussels originally from Ninety Mile Beach in Northland, but cultured in Havelock in the South Island.

A couple of kids do arrive last night, just as the sun goes down behind a mountain. They bring good energy, give me a sip of beer and stay til the tiniest sliver of a moon appears in the western sky and I wish upon the first star.

I’ll tell you what I wish for – the strength, preparedness and resourcefulness it will take to complete this walk. I cuddle into the alicoop and think only on what’s needed for tomorrow and thank whoever’s in charge for granting me such an amazing day.

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TA Day 72, Camp Madsen to Onahau lookout, 37 km

Hamming it up at the Onahau Lookout where Blissful set up camp for the night with one weka.
Hamming it up at the Onahau Lookout where Blissful set up camp for the night with one weka.

Q: Why did the weka shriek before the sun came up?

A: Because he can.

To be fair there were plenty of other birds not using their indoor voices as the sky lightened over the sound and I slowly started my morning routine by opening the valve on the thermarest. What a cool spot on a terrace high above the water, big hills seemingly growing from the ocean floor, I later find are actually sinking, the only place in New Zealand this is happening.