Day 5 Paikakariki escarpment track to Porirua – 22km

Best sleep ever! Woke up in the park where no one bothered us and it didn’t cost a cent. Running low on breakfast food so had 2 minute noodles with dehydrated peas. Food in belly back to town for a coffee (bindi even managed to squeeze in a ginger slice) Awesome day on a real cool track, high above the highway and the train line, the escarpment track weaves its way around the hills. Up, down, stairs, sheep poo and swing bridges seriously swinging in the high winds.

Pekarua Bay for an ice cream and then on to Porirua. Weather was coming in and we thought we were in for a wet night. No idea where to stay in Porirua so we went to The Legends sports bar for a discussion or 2. Lion Brown on a big bottle and we had a brain wave. Rachel, Bindi’s niece lives in Upper Hutt and she offered to come get us for night and drop us back on trail next day. Perfect!!! Warm food, shower, clean clothes, thanks heaps Rachel, Joe and Isabella xx