Day 9(Nov.14) Eco Village to Mangamuka Dairy 138-162km
Finally we entered Ratea Forest Trail!
Maybe this mud is good for skin there is Natural skin care which people go and pay. We get it for free.
At the last part of the forest, shower started then pouring hard…all we can think about was the burger at the Dairy.
Day 10(Nov.15) Dairy to Pukatea Ridge Track 162-186km
Great place they have what we need and very helpful staff
there’re much fewer insects you can find here compare to Japan.
Manuka flowers resemble us Japanese cherry brossam in spring. We always have HANAMI which we eat and drink under them.
We’re lucky enough the water level was low. The water was cold though.
Love tea time in the forest!
Day 11(Nov.16) Pukatea to Puketi Forest Hut 186-199km
We booked a hut when we got signals. The hut has wood stove and fire wood is everywhere!
Day 12(Nov.17) Puketi to Kerikeri 199-222km
In the evening rained a lot trough night. We were glad that we stayed in a little hut.
You guys are our dinner tonight, nice tender ramb!
We took a bus to Paihia because no vacancy at Kerikeri due to marathon competition on Satday. Likely we got the last bus.