Through bushes and black vines one’s for TA hikers always hard to walk. Not only wild track but need to concentrate finding markers which are usually orange triangles. Until here was all well maintained in Hunua Range but at last there is TA special!
Finally got to Mercer a small town close to State Highway 1. Where we found a little cheese shop! Looked at each other just smiles.
Podge’s Place is a pub motel & pub. If you’re TA hiker you can pitch your tent for free. Looking at guest book we found all the hikers we know.
Locals were drinking and asked us to join. That was the first word they said to us. Cold beer was nice at the end of another hot day!