Distance today: 38.4km
Distance total: 3318.2km
Time hiked: 9h 25min
Time total: 1010h 14min
I'm leaving the hostel with the first light and oh boy, it's totally worth getting up at 5! Not necessarily because of the tide but the sunrise is stunning. One of the best I had on the trail!
A strong tailwind and firm sand on Otira Beach - the kilometers fly and with Waimatuku River that is straightforward to cross, it's only noon when I reach the outskirts of Invercargill.
James, my tonight's Couchsurfing Host won't be home until 17:30, so I slow down a little, eat some Chow Mein for lunch and stroll around Invercargill for a while, before heading south to James' place. This very friendly chap works orthopedic and bought the spacious house recently. As he still has to finish up some stuff for work, he retreats but lets me use the whirlpool. I don't mind at all. A hot tub - exactly what I need after hiking nearly 40 kilometers on firm surfaces in heavy wind.