Happy new year everyone!
Gregor and I did not go down South for the Christmas holidays this time, as we just didn’t want to have another holiday in the rain as had been the case the last couple of times.
Instead, I went up to Auckland, and the weather has been great. We went tramping in the Waitakeres for the first five days, where we did the Hillary Trail. The only rain we had was a light drizzle, for about half an hour over lunch right when we had hung out the tent for the dew to dry off.
But otherwise it was a pleasant mix of sun and cloud, with a much appreciated light breeze every now and then.
The Hillary trail is just half an hour by bus or train from downtown Auckland, it’s probably about the only multi-day tramp that is accessible by public transport in whole of NZ.
The Waitakeres therefore aren’t really remote, but the Hillary Trail is certainly no walk in the park. In fact, it’s got a decent number of decent sized hills which have to be climbed, and some rough and muddy spots on the way.
It’s a mix of bush, beach, views, and an opportunity for a coffee stop in Piha. With pohutukawas in bloom as an extra bonus. Here are a few photos.
Young kauri and Gregor:
Myself in Piha:
Clifftop views with Pohutukawa in bloom:
Cutter Rock in evening light:
View of Windy Point:
Camping in Karamatura:
The weirdest thing actually was that I got bitten by an eel. One night I went for a dip in the creek by the campground to cool off after a hot day of tramping. Suddenly something grabbed my little toe and shook it! I jumped out of the water screaming and then felt like a fool wondering whether I had imagined this. There was some blood on my toe though, and then I saw the eel in the water. It seemed to live in some dead branches in the water, and I must have had disturbed it there.
Back at Gregor’s place, we spent the remaining week of our holiday working for our business. We’ve really dug in and worked hard, and have made the progress that we had wanted to.
On new year’s eve, we took a few hours off and went to see the Hobbit 3. Then back to work until just before midnight. It might seem crazy, but even with bits of time here and there you get stuff done. Starting a business is a journey, and every little step we take will get us there eventually. Just like doing the Hillary Trail.