We made a few stops along the way, before reaching our hike's starting point in Paekakariki.
|We stopped at a playground. Cindy almost got stuck.|
|We spotted this in Levin. It is a visitors information center.|
|The warning sign about the dangers and difficulty|
|Heading into a treed section. It was like being in a tunnel|
|Quite a variety of terrain was encountered during this hike|
|It was a steep cliff to the left of this rope.|
|Lots of stairs. Over 1500 steps according to the info we read.|
Coming up on a suspension bridge.
|Did I mention it was steep?|
|Look how small the car on the road looks.|
This hike had a lot of elevation changes along the way.
|One of the suspension bridges on this 10 kilometer hike. Great views.|
|Only 1 more kilometer to go, 9 are done.|
Once you have completed the hike you can either turn around and go back, or you can hop on a nice, modern electric train for a quick trip back. We chose the train. The end of the trail is in a town called Pukeria, which we had not been to yet. We did not know where the train station was so we needed to find it. Finding it is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. Here are the instructions at the end of the trail to guide you to the train station.
|Wow, this would not be easy if we hadn't taken a picture of it.|
|One of the only clues to help you find the train station.|
|Beautiful mural on the side of an old (abandoned)|
|The train was crowded with kids. We think it was a field trip.|
|We had to stand. The scenery was very nice, as this train went right |
along the coast.
|Getting off the train back near our car in Paekakariki|
|View of one of the suspension bridges from the road below, as we drove by.|
|Pirate's mini golf in Porirua New Zealand|
|More mini golf|
|While playing golf we saw the train go by|
|Another playground. This one in Wellington.|