The Kaimai adventure started on boxing day, continuing on to December 30th.
After leaving Laurie and his wife, we tramped through Karangahake gorge, a place where the first white men of New Zealand logged Kauri trees. They were quite engineering and innovative and all the signs told us about the old loggers were really emphasizing that, and not the fact that they destroyed the forests and almost extinct one of the biggest trees on earth. But it sure made a cool trail.
The Kaimai was definitely the steepest so far, a lot of ups and downs, mainly landscape wise though. We were in a good mood otherwise. The third morning, Jonah decided to leave our tramily (trail family) to go arrange with his pack raft and prepare to meet up with a girl he was really in to. I think that was the best for him since he wasn't really in to hiking the last days. His mind was drifting away. That left the two hikers Magnus and Sarah to finish the Kaimais and the rest of the bad ass thruhiker trail of the north island.
Said and done. Jonah got off just before the going got really tough. We did one 28 km day in 10 hours, but I was completely exhausted afterwords. Probably the hardest hiking day in my life togther with the 90 mile beach 40 km day.
But we got rewarded with some great views and a campsite with a 4/5 skinny dipping pool. And man did it feel good to rinse off after this day full of overgrown, muddy and steep as tracks.
After this adventurous day, the Kaimais smoothened out a bit and the bush tramping wasn't as exciting. The weather was cloudy and cold. Even when hiking I needed to put on my long sleeved shirt. Probably below 10°.
We tried to watch the Wairere falls but failed due to the hard winds blowing the water straight back up in our faces. Saw nothing and got soaked. Not the best way to experience a water fall from above, but definitely a new experience. A waterfail? The Kaimais treated us well over all and my calfs grew a size due to all the vertical meters. After the Kaimais we got a hitch into Tauranga. I got new shoes, so well needed! I went to a macpac and bought new socks and to Steves to get a tea sieve for my coffee - great success! We also hung out at McDonald's all day to try and get our chores done. Next goal, Round the mountain track in Mordor!