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Forrest’s Two Cents

I composed this post in early December, then forgot about it for two months. Is old news better than no news? I report, you decide.

In mid-November, we were among a group of ten trampers on the Banks Peninsula Track. Enterprising Kiwi farm families joined together to create this track across mostly private land over twenty years ago, and it’s a unique way to experience the beauty of Banks Peninsula.
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It’s also a comfortable way to experience Banks Peninsula. The tramp is not terribly difficult, covering only 35km in four days, with only a couple of moderate elevation gains – most of the trail follows the coastline, with gentle ups and downs through pasture and occasionally native bush. We did carry packs (which was really roughing it because for a fee we could have had them taken to each night’s destination for us), but our packs didn’t include tents, stove, fuel, cookware or sleeping pads – we spent each night in farmhouses or cabins along the way. Our overnight stops came with beds, fully stocked kitchens, bathrooms with hot water and showers, and woodstoves.

Farm Stay, Night 2

Farm Stay, Night 2

Hobbit Village, Night 3

Hobbit Village, Night 3

Our Cottage

Our Cottage

Bathroom

Bathroom

Sign in Cottage

Sign in Cottage

Resident Penguins

Resident Penguins

Wine with trampers

Wine with trampers

Camp Store

Camp Store

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