we hiked part of the longest track in NZ, the Heaphy Track that runs parallel to the coast along the Tasman sea. The views were awesome..we even went through some palm tree groves..native to west coast of NZ. We hiked 12 miles in total..around 6 hrs including our lunch reak. Everyone seemed to get a pretty good workout today. The beaches are pristine...there was so much driftwood..an artist's dream..i found a few nice small pieces to bring home with me along with some nice shells. Tomorrow morning we have a few hours free again. Time to relax my butt and work on my journaling. This break will be appreciated...but another option we are longing into is a few of us going over to the local golf course along the shoreline..we will see how we feel by morning.