Chris rowed us across the estuary in the morning at high tide and Hugh towed the boat back on his canoe. Very pleasant way to start the day. Crossing over the turnstile at the top of the hill put us on the wrong side of the fence so we had to climb over to the other side not too far up. We then climbed a gate on to someone's drive way as there was an electric fence further up where the climbing point, marker was? On the way up to Kauri Mountain Track Bella had a hypo so we sat with some minature horses and an impressive pet goat until she was back in the go zone. When you turn and look back the views where amazing and then as you summit you could see both sides of the water and you get views of the beach you are about to walk. The track is well marked and managed, with steps in place on the south side. When you come out and head to the beach you go through farm land. We came across a gate that was open with lots of stock on the inside until we realised that the fences soon dissappeared and the cattle had free run on both sides of the road. Walked a bit faster then. Came to the access point to the beach, steep but glad to be away from the cows. A few km's knocked off walking down the beach. Low tide is better to get around some of the rocky headlands. Weather at this point was becoming a bit uncertain, with a storm rolling in.