We met Charlie in Curly's who recognised us from TV3 we had dinner and great conversation, Charlie is part of the local search and rescue team in Waitomo and has local knowledge about the trail. His old maths teacher helped design part of the track that is included in the trail. We were told the old teacher was a tad grumpy which is why the trail goes up and down some steep summits when it could quiet easily go around without lossing the view. With this knowledge we took Fullerton road and then walked over the bridges and took an unsigned doc track up the hill, which did join back onto the signed trail we continued up the hill past the house which did join a road with some old homes with great established gardens. Sadly we came across two kiwi's that were road kill, first time seeing them in the wild, hope to see some alive. We stayed at Casa Backpackers on the hill, they picked us up from the isite and kindly took us to New World and also took us back into Te Kuiti the next day. We loved the roaring fire and great views from up on the hill. We also met some friends traveling together from Denmark, thanks for sharing the Pav, the great iconic New Zealand dessert?