There were mixed emotions behind the smiles of arrival at Auckland Airport where we began making our way north to Cape Reinga.

We left behind an island broken once again from the shake in the early hours of the morning a couple of days ago.

Christchurch rolled and rattled however, mother natures fury was felt further north. Kaikoura’s backdrop, our canvas of where we got engaged and later married, has forever changed. No matter what Mum below chucks at it, it will always hold a place in our heart.

Fundraising for Ronald McDonald House – South Island too has heart pulling strings even with the current disaster climate. It has been our inspiration to continue with the Te Araroa Walk.

Our thoughts go out to the people displaced and wildlife disrupted.

However your heart is pulled, use the beats however you must.