Oct 2 day 32 Hamilton to Kaniwhaniwha campsite 39 km 7:15-4:00
One thing Hamilton does well is footpaths. From the river walk I took yesterday into the city, to the westward path I followed this morning which, after it emerged from the line of panel-beater shops and equipment rental yards, took me up a beautiful lookout (Tills) and then through the Taitua arboretum which had a wonderful ancient trees section. Had a second breakfast at the Whatawhata village, good coffee and a place to rest tired feet. Much of the rest of the day was a lot of road walking to get to the Kaniwhaniwha stream and campsite. Made a lot of kilometers under kind skies, but they opened a half km from the site. Pitched tent fast, sat under the extended roof of the toilet building for a while waiting for the rain to subside, then cooked during a brief lull, and dove into the tent to listen to it pour all night long.