Te Araroa Trail Day 35. Ngaruawahia 780kms – Hamilton 805kms

Te Araroa Trail Ngaruawahia Community House

Te Araroa Trail Ngaruawahia to Hamilton

I woke to another beautiful sunny Waikato day! Yoke met me at 8.30am and we went to visit the ladies at Ngaruawahia Community House, my local community centre, who I am fundraising for. See my givealittle page for details on how you can donate, if you’d like to show your support.

Te Araroa Trail Day 35 - The ladies of Ngaruawahia Community House
Te Araroa Trail Day 35 – The ladies of Ngaruawahia Community House

We got on the trail around 9.15am and made really good time to the new Perry Bridge and on to Hamilton. Hamilton peeps, if you haven’t walked or ridden the river path you must do it!! It’s so beautiful I can’t believe I didn’t do it before now. If you walk it beware – there are no toilets between Ngaruawahia and the city outskirts, so being comfortable with nature-pees is a must.

Hamilton

We lunched in the city (donburi, yum!) then headed off trail to Hamilton East where Yoke & I parted ways… It’s been great having the support of another trail angel!

I walked another few Kms to see my physio and get more treatment on the knee muscle. Really annoyingly I had worn my faithful old running shoes for today’s stretch of the trail, and got blisters on my heels again!! grrr…..

Te Araroa Trail Day 35 - The Perry Bridge, Ngaruawahia
Te Araroa Trail Day 35 – The Perry Bridge, Ngaruawahia

Later I popped into my former workplace and caught up with a few friends for a quiet beer, which was great 🙂 then back to Neil’s again for a hearty dinner.. I honestly can’t thank him enough for looking after me so well. I packed my resupplies for the journey… I’m a bit nervous about doing Pirongia mountain tomorrow with a full pack.

Te Araroa Trail Day 35 - The Waikato River
Te Araroa Trail Day 35 – The Waikato River

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