Omanawanui: Patience, steadfastness, fortitude; to have patience; patient, steadfast; courageous and persevering
On the cliffs high above the ocean, Omanawanui feels like my spiritual home. I feel alive there, at peace.
You have to earn it - I will never run there from the closest entry point on Whatipu Road (it's about 2-3km to the trig from there). Until I am not able to any more, I will only run it as the end of a 15 or 21km loop from Whatipu (the route used by the "Wild Turkey" trail run), or as part of a run along the mighty Hillary Trail. In that way I respect the beauty and the toughness of Omanawanui, and will never forget how grateful I am to be able to run in this beautiful country.
|The view down towards Whatipu and beyond|
|Looking back towards the Manukau Harbour|
|The seat on the second headland|
|Thank you Terry|
|It was still early when I took these shots|
|Finally made the top! Not pretty, but it's a long way up!|
|What a morning for it|