This past June, on the 24th, I turned 25. I wasn’t sure of how to celebrate and in the end made up a list of “25 Things to Do While I’m 25/Before I Turn 26.” It was mostly a way of making myself go out and do things. At this point I’ve completed ten things – fifteen to go – and I figure it’s about time to begin blogging about them.
The very first thing I did was
Te Waihou Walkway in Putaruru, New Zealand.
This trail leads to the Blue Spring, the source for 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water. The full walk is about three hours, or 4.7 km each way; but I am not a super fit walker and I did it in that time including plenty of stops to soak up the scenery and take photos. This has to be one of the most fun, beautiful trails of all time. Hills, stiles, walking through “live” pastures (a.k.a. you have to watch out and dodge the cow patties.), bridges, benches, and other little details made me feel like I was in a movie. Pictures do it very little justice, but I’ll still try to show you what I mean.
I’d never done a trail this long by myself, so I was a little unsure in the beginning. I started around 8 AM and was rewarded by being the only person on the trail – besides a few fishermen – on the way to the springs from the car park. (On the way back it was busier.) When I finished the trek and arrived back at my car, I felt exhausted and extremely empowered. Apparently I like early morning hikes! And I can do them! Even by myself!
Te Waihou Walkway, the first thing I crossed off my “25 Things” list and the thing that helped me discover this new love of private hikes, is definitely one I’d do again. Maybe even earlier in the day.