Te Araroa Trail Day 114. Colac Bay 2962.3kms – Riverton 2975.5kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 114 - Colac Bay

I slept in until 8am this morning, as I only had a short 15 Kms or so, to walk to Riverton.

 

Today’s walk was very pleasant along Colac Bay to Riverton. It started with a short walk on the road beside the beach, then the beach itself. Thankfully it was low tide, so I could walk on the sand and didn’t have to walk on the steeply shelved stony beach!
The trail then went up and over several headlands before going over Mores Scenic Reserve and into Riverton.

Te Araroa Trail Day 114 - Colac Bay looking West
Te Araroa Trail Day 114 – Colac Bay looking West

Riverton is an interesting little place, with a nice museum, a small expensive supermarket and a couple of cafes. I enjoyed my first ever, and very delicious custard square in the Postmaster Bakery cafe. There was entertainment in the cafe – an older couple singing along to backing tracks of tunes from bygone days, which was very cute and a little bit random.

Te Araroa Trail Day 114 - Beautiful Southland beaches
Te Araroa Trail Day 114 – Beautiful Southland beaches

I stayed at Monkey’s backpackers which is awful. I got a room to myself, and whilst the bed itself was ok, the rest of the place was terrible – completely devoid of character, with old and filthy facilities. What it did have was free WiFi, which was nice. It’s looking like rain all day, tomorrow, so I’m skipping the 30km beach walk to Invercargill, and getting a minibus instead care of the Mon-Fri service – Riverton Freight and Passenger service. 0274339678.

Te Araroa Trail Day 114 - Towards Riverton
Te Araroa Trail Day 114 – Towards Riverton

I spent the evening doing some research for the next leg, which will be the Richmond ranges just out of Nelson.

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