382km - 5hrs : 40 min
Another epic day. Followed coast to Hawera then north and inland to Stratford with Mt Egmont/Taranaki to the west. Unfortunately wreathed in cloud, with only rare glimpses of its peak.
Morning coffee and then on to the Forgotten Highway. Yet another amazing road winding through spectacular landscapes. Included 16km of gravel, but this time anticipated and in much better condition.
A few showers on the way, enough to make us stop and don wet weather gear, but not enough to make life uncomfortable.
Paused in Taumarunui for supplies before pressing on, skirting to the west of Lake Taupo to our campsite on the shores of Lake Whakamura. On the final approach we threaded our way between 2 massive thunderstorms, encountering wet roads, but avoiding any rain.
Another great campsite under pine trees next to the lake with a small peak as backdrop.