Today we took a long walk along the beach first thing.  The sand in Paparoa National Park is grey and very coarse – very different from the golden, coarse sand at Abel Tasman NP.  There is a 23km beach here – and only we are on it – all morning.  Awesome!

The rest of the day we clocked up another 12kms on the beautiful Pororari River Tramp through lush, dense rain forest.  Thankfully, the sun kept shining and the tree canopy gave some welcome shade.

PictureRainforest Walk – Pororari River Track

​By the time we had finished the trail, it was closed behind us for risk of flood damage from Cyclone Gita.  Hopefully, we will miss it by leaving early tomorrow morning.

Flora and Fauna:
Nika Palms

Glad I packed:

Insect repellant – the sandflies are reputedly ferocious on the West coast.  We have managed to avoid them so far.

A good book.  The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy.  Typically for his novels, it is a real page turner.   Make your own mind up about the ending!

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