Paihia – 0 km – 253 km total
I’m going with Smiles over Miles. Which may mean that I am pushed to finish the trail in time, but it also means I am enjoying myself.
Bad weather was forecast for the weekend again. And with a river crossing and the track going through the river in the next section, the trail notes advise not to do it after heavy rain. So I decided to wait. However, the expected amount of rain never came and I could have hiked out, oh well.
Instead I had a lovely time in the tourist town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. I enjoyed being a tourist, checking out the local markets, eating ice-cream and catching up with friends as they hiked into town.
It is back to the trail again tomorrow and with sunny weather forecast for the entire week, I should (fingers crossed) be able to hike some miles.