Ngaio to Island Bay – 22km (1688km total)
I made it to the end of the North Island! 🎉💃🏼🚶🏼♀️🎉
I had a slightly more relaxed morning. We had arranged to meet up with A in Wellington at 10am before she caught the ferry across to the South Island at lunch time. It was about a 2 hour walk into the city from our trail angel’s house. So we had a lovely breakfast of omelettes with them before starting hiking at 8am.
The walk into the city was uneventful except for the walk up a very steep street, which I was not impressed with and then we made it into the city for coffee and good times. It was great to see A again and hear about her crazy long days through the Tararua’s, then into Wellington and her plans for the South Island.
By this time the morning cloud had burnt off and it was a very warm day. So we dropped our packs at the hostel and started walking towards the end of the trail without out packs. Luxury! Well it would have been but the heat and the steep climb got to us and before we knew it we were detouring off trail to find a cool place to stop and have lunch and recharge.
It was then only 5km more to the end of the island, where we once again walked along the coast and because it was such a nice day could see the South Island in the distance. At the end there is a rock with a plaque marking the end of the north island. I went a little crazy with the photo shoot again.
It was then a short bus ride back into the city. Where everything has been pulled out of my pack and a lot of things washed, including my pack which stinks. Tomorrow is a day off in Wellington, but it will be spent mending thing and buying new things ready for the South Island.
Today I am thankful for the ability to walk 1688km.