We had two groups beginning at each end - Hamiltons Gap and Signal Hill - which worked well with car
keys being swapped at the lunch stop. Seventeen people had an enjoyable, though unexpectedly wet, day
with nice weather.|
To begin with, the tide was a little higher than anticipated. The group beginning
at Hamilton's gap had to wait approx 40 min for the tide to go down, in order to go around some rocky
outcrops and boulders. The group starting with the steep descent from Signal Hill, reached the shoreline,
with the tide still lapping the high tide rocks. However, with fortitude, they scrambled over the bouldery
parts and enjoyed the sandy portions in between. Dodging the waves, as best they could, they proceeded
south. More sand, as the tide receded, made the going easier for both groups.
At 1 pm the two
groups met half way for lunch, and exchanged stories of various degrees of wetness due to the unexpected
holes in the sand, at points where wave dodging was attempted! One tramper had managed to fall in, right
up to her neck, and was tramping fast to keep warm.
The afternoon beach walk was easier. All met
in Waiuku by 4 pm for cafe refreshments. With fine weather all the way, it had been an enjoyable and