Te Araroa Day 9. Waipapa river junction 183.1km – Puketi doc camp 198.9km

Te Araroa Trail Day 9 - Puketi Forest

I started the day with a 7am skinnydip in the river... so cold it took my breath away! But what a start to the morning with the river to myself.

Everyone got up and after a quick breakfast we set off through the forest, sidling on a very steep riverside track. Everyone was tired today, and the steep sided track was an unexpected downer. We eventually reached a nicer path, but this...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 8. 156km – Mangamuka Dairy – Waipapa river junction 183.1km.

Te Araroa Trail Day 8 - The famous Mangamuka Dairy

Te Araroa Trail - Mangamuka Dairy

I woke at 6.15am after a great night's sleep. Anja and Markus were up and out early again and I spent a little longer packing up before hitting the trail for day eight.

Bruce was still getting himself together so I toddled off for the first 6kms of road walk which led to the famed Mangamuka dairy. The Mangamuka dairy is legendary amongst the Te Araroa community (and I'm sure all it's other patrons) by virtue of it's wonderful hosts, amazing hot...

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