Day 23. Kiwi Magic Shane Style. November 25, 2015.
Airport km 628 to Clevedon km 661.
I took a taxi back to the airport so I could walk the 14kms we skipped last night. Lisa smartly decided to give her feet a break and wait for me at the holiday park. I left most of my stuff there so I had the luxury of slackpacking (walking with no pack or minimal pack.)
I immediately met up with Brett who had stealth camped behind some trees. We walked together back to Manakau.
Lisa and I set off for Clevedon. After a walk thru a botanical garden there was lots of road walking with way too many trucks going to and from the quarry. But there was a great native forest at end.
Then it was off to the Dairy for resupply for a day and a half. The plan was to camp next to a hotel which was full or we would have booked a place inside.
We stopped at the new restaurant and we’re called over by Shane. He was having a few beers with his sons Joel and Shane. Shane has hiked the Camino in Spain and understands the needs of walkers. We were soon treated to a beer and glass of wine and offered a bed at Shane’s house. How could we refuse? We didn’t. Shane made us a delicious salmon dinner. After some great conversation we were off to bed.
It feels so good to be horizontal…..