1146 – 1165 National Park
Slept in for a while and then started out around the base of Ruapehu (hidden by cloud) until hitting the Whakapapaiti Stream and then turned down toward National Park village.
I get the feeling that in general people build tracks to suck people in. They start off nice and then degrade the further you get from the entrances.
This track followed the same system but on the whole it was pretty good apart from the mud.
Either way, it was a short day and I am now at the YHA in National Park.