The next morning we left Matakohe and headed back to Auckland for lunch with jan and Pete. It was really good to see them again and we got to meet their son Tom, who had just got back from a trip to Tokyo amongst other places. We spoke aboput our plans on our way down to the south island, and they very kindly offered to let us stay in their beach house for a few nights whenever we wanted. So we plotted a course for Hamilton with the plan to stay there 1 night then head straight over to Mt Maurangi, where the house was.
We pitched up in a campsite right in the centre of Hamilton and spent the night. The next day it was raining and grey so after a quick drive around we headed over to Mt Maurangi.