We are now relaxing in the lakeside resort town of Taupo after an arduous five days of backpacking, scrambling, climbing, slipping, rapelling, tubing, canoeing, caving and camping on our journey from Waitomo to the Tasman Sea. For some this was their first backpacking trip. For all of us, the challenges of slippery moss covered rocks, tangles of vines, and having to find the energy to make camp after 9 hours of exertion was at times overwhelming. Everyone found the trip more difficult and unrelenting than they had expected but I hope that after some well deserved R&R; and upon reflection, everyone feels a great sense of acomplishment and pride in doing so well on this fantastic journey.


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