Probably our best day of hiking yet, in terms of both how we felt and the terrain. We were pretty nervous heading into the final forest knowing that we again had to push through, it was also the longest stretch of forest at about 25km that we’d be doing in one day. The American couple headed out about 30 minutes ahead of us and given their speed so far we didn’t expect to see them again for a few days. We did have a great night with them and it was nice to have somebody to talk to and share our experiences so far. The trail itself started out on fairly standard 4WD track with a steep but not to muddy decent down to the Mangapukahukahu Stream. You then enter the stream and spend the next few kms crossing back and forth from shoal to shoal while getting up to mid thigh deep in the stream. This was really fun and being in a canyon we had great views of the towering forest surrounding us. The stream was super pleasant to walk through and the cool water felt very refreshing, washing lots of the previous days’ mud off our shoes.