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Day 10. Tuesday 24th March. Taumarunui to Crossing Backpackers. The Timber Trail had been awesome, but we had got absolutely drenched and our cycling gear was still sopping wet in the morning. Our plan had been to ride the Kaiwhakauka mountain bike trail from Taumarunui to join up with the Mountains to Ocean trail, but a bridge was down so that was not an option. After faffing and deliberating until after midday, we decided to ride highway 4 and join up with the trail further ...
We drove through the town hoping the Art Gallery would be open but there is major redevelopment and it's closed until mid 2015. Another reason to get back to NZ ! We needed a picture of the summit of Mount Taraniki without cloud and achieved this together with some photogenic cows who were immensely curious about the stopped car on their patch of kerbside grass. The Lonely Planet advised the Sugar Juice cafe in Opunake and certainly the coffee and warm date scone we shared ...
... heading back.
After a trip to town to pick up anything we had forgotten (Outlet Adapter, TOWEL..how did I forget that?) we ate dinner and the rest of our crew arrived.
Lastly we took a trip to Kai Iwi Beach, a black sand beach a little way from Wanganui. The water was PERFECT. We stayed there until almost 9, when the sun finally set, and even then it wasn't very cold out.
I didn't manage to ...
Rays Rest is very close to Miranda Hot Springs http://www.mirandahotsprings.co.nz/
so we spent a morning there enjoying the warm water – we timed it just right, there was only one other couple and one family as we arrived but as we left a couple of school groups arrived with accompanying noise and splashing – we escaped back to Bertie.
Onward and downward – we are heading to the South Island for Christmas ...
... filled the entire building. I poked my head out to see if it was the fire alarm. Nope, the cleaning guy (some teenager) accidentally set off the nurse alarm in a guest room thinking it was the light switch. Nurse switch? We were staying in a NURSING HOME!!!!!!!
After the initial confusion-shock-more confusion, we came to accept our lodging as it was; a retirement center. Unfortunately, we did not get pudding cups or green jello ...