We started out early getting a ride to the post office to get rid of our bounce boxes (now three boxes including a beer box filled with stuff). We’ve shipped these on to Wellington now so we won’t have to deal with them again for awhile. Finishing up at the post office we actually had to back track a little to get to the house and start hiking from there. We gathered all of our things and hefted our full packs up for the first time in three days. The trail continued on the cycleway all the way into Hamilton. It was a very nice route and we had just enough cloud coverage to be enjoying being outside and hiking again. We detoured into the city to stop at Bivouac (a kind of local REI) and a few new pieces of clothing that we needed. The guy in the store kept commenting that we were very late and we were never sure if he meant in the day or season. We also headed back to a bakery that we’d visited on our first run through town for lunch. We continued to move out of Hamilton along nice walkway and gradually climbed through a residential neighborhood and towards the arboretum. The trail didn’t actually go through the arboretum so we took a quick detour to walk through, there were literally hundreds of hens milling about making loud noises. We also passed a marker for ~800km complete which was cool. Heather had been looking forward to singing the I’ve walked five hundred miles song for sometime and felt that this was an appropriate enough occasion. After the arboretum we crossed into some farm land and had a really strange encounter with a large pack of deer. We walked away with them just staring at us.