So many photos to choose from today. An amazing flight down to Wellington with clear views of NZ North Island landscape. Then I went for a run up Mount Climie which was a hard grind but stunning views of Rimutakas and Hutt Valley from the top. (no photos cos phone ran out of battery!) In the afternoon Chris and I went for a stroll along the beach at Petone. It was beautiful. So today’s photo is Petone Wharf as the sun is going down.
We had a great day out in the hills today. We’ve been here nearly 9 years and never been up Karioi which is a 756m inactive volcano out at the coast by Raglan. It was a perfect day weather-wise with clear blue sky, a light wind and sunshine. So difficult to choose a photo from so many beautiful views
but this one of Gus sitting on a boulder just before the summit with Nigel emerging from the bush behind him is the one! It was an adventure! Plenty of mud, lots of ups and downs, chains, boulders and airy lookouts!
Paula finally got us up Te Aroha! 900m of upwardness in 1hr20 over 4km. We’ve done it several times before but not so quickly – usually have children to coax up the rooty, rocky, steep path.
The band of high pressure approx over NZ right now meant that we started in a temperature inversion but but frozen toes, fingers and noses soon melted as we climbed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so still and clear at the top. Stunning views. Ran down in 55 minutes. What a beautiful winter day.
Today needed a special effort to honour a special lady. My good friend Liz lost her battle with cancer on this day three years ago. Kate, her daughter is staying with us at the moment, and since I was heading over to Edgecumbe to work with a school today, I thought it would be a good opportunity to climb Mauao, more colloquially known as ‘The Mount’ or Mount Manganui. Its 232m height is gained in just short of 2km of winding track so in the hot sunshine it is no mean feat and a fitting tribute to a wonderful Mum and friend.
Here we are at the summit.
And a cheating extra – a view from the top.
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