31.03.2016 - 31.03.2016 18 °C
This was our near-rest day. A mere 28km to our destination. Felt pretty good.
We slept late, then had a great cooked breakfast, and said our farewells to our hosts. On the road just after 10am. Sweet. The aches of yesterday just melted away. We were on a pretty off road trail, burbling beside the Waitaki river. Very kindly, there was a winery on the trail after 5km, so we had to stop for a coffee there. Back on the trail, with two stream crossings to add an adventure. We stopped briefly to look at Maori art on some limestone rocks. Then on through some wetland, and we made it to Duntroon.
Our accommodation was a self catered cottage, Kowhai Cottage. It was very sweet. There was a cool garden, nice treats for us inside, lots of kiwiana, and plenty of sunshine. We showered, then just chilled in the garden. Absolute tranquility. Our aching limbs relaxed, and the afternoon sauntered by. The owner, Kat, came up to say hi about 5pm, and then we wandered down to the Duntroon Tavern. Hardly a charming local, but effective. We were quizzed about the trail by the locals, and then just drank out handles of Speights at a bar leaner. Farmers came and chatted away and then left. Nice local vibe.
We walked back to the cottage, and had a light meal and watched tv, with a fire going - more for atmosphere than the temperature demanded it. A pretty near perfect "rest day."