Today was an awesome day. Such beautiful weather. No wind and a calmness in the air that you only feel on special days. Today I felt the presence of my mother walking with me, more than usual, the calmness and the birds that were singing and hanging around at arm length. I know something special is going on when there is no wind, Wellington doesn't get the windy city title for no reason. Starting the climb to the top pf Colonial Knob there are 700 steps to get to the opening at the top where the path opens up and the awesome views start. There were lots of people on the track, all different ages, all enjoy the beautiful weather and being outdoors. Families walking together, enjoying each others company, there was a really awesome vibe in the air today. Initially the views were from were we walked yesterday from Pukerua Bay to Porirua and you were still able to see Kapiti Island with Mana Island being very center of the views. Walked further up and we were able to see the South Island in the distance. Walking through farm land we were greatfull there were just sheep hanging out none of the big girls cows that we have come to laugh then cry about. You leave the farm land and head into the forest which is a pleasant walk with all the pine needles making the path almost bouncy, the pine smell in the air was very fragrant. We met a nice couple who's surname was Walkers, loverly couple and we chatted way too long. Very cool surname. When you hit the road section, we found an old church to have lunch and walk respectfully through the old graves. We started the track to Mt KauKau through farmland. We could see if we kept to the path we would soon be walking with the cows so with the knowledge of a local we headed off on a side track and some steep climbs to intersect with the Mt Kaukau track. The views of Wellington City are amazing and we could see the inter islander ferry that we will soon be on, coming through the heads. Getting to the top of KauKau we had even clearer views of the South Island and there was not a breath of wind up the top. We are very excited to be starting the South Island part of our journey. This was a perfect day of walking and great views. Today was a perfect day to be out on the trail, tired but happy.