Just to be clear, I did not start walking 5 days ago. I've been doing 5 km most days for almost 2 years, since I got my fitbit. This is simply a drive to extend my stamina to the point where I can walk 6+ hours without complaint. :)
Anyway, today I started out north, went through Glendhu and over the new bridge at the bottom, then round the coast to meet up with the track at the same point I started yesterday. Seems to me that I do better always coming UP Manuka, and since there are several ways to get to the bottom of it, that's going to be the plan while I hover around the 7-8 km per day mark. 7.75 today! And some great tui pics at the dog park, which was deserted.