Gluten free no problem

Gluten Free article about Bream Head Coast Walks

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The first walk I went on recently was the Tora Coastal Walk near Martinborough on the North Island. The walk was a three day triangle through three working farms. Day one was 18km of rolling hills ending at Tora Station. Day two went along the coast to Greentops farm and the last day followed a river back to the first farm, Whakapata. The host farms provided all meals and accommodation and arranged the local postman to transport our bags. All we needed to do was pack our lunch each day and walk. The walking was pretty easy, no difficult climbs, no snakes and more like” walking in a park,” apart from the sheep! The landscape changed, but was always quite beautiful. The accommodation was simple; shearers’ quarters and bunk beds but plenty of hot water and space. The real bonus each day was the food. Everyday there was something for afternoon tea, dinner, breakfast and provisions for a packed lunch. Gluten free was not a problem and our hosts provided lemon muffins, lamb and prune tangine, berry crumble, chocolate salami, meringues, roast fillet of beef, hot sweet potato and onion salad and more. The best meal was the last, when Jenny at Greentops baked cranberry cake, crumbed blue cod, roast potatoes, tomato bruschetta, steamed veggies and stewed plums and custard, all gluten free! Staying at the farms gives you a glimpse into life on the land and meeting up with a few strangers each night over dinner was very entertaining. Check it out at www. toracoastalwalk.co.nz. Having loved Tora we booked ourselves into the Bream Head Coast Walk further north. This walk is run by Claire and Mark, they have built a lodge which is your base for three days. The lodge is well set up, has sweeping views, is very clean and can sleep up to 14. There is ample room to move with a huge lounge and large outdoor area including an outdoor tub. Again, all meals are provided. You pack your own lunch out of the fridge and Claire delivers your evening meal each day. Dinner may require a little input, heating up or cooking the veggies but she has made it all very easy. And Claire can cook! Gluten free is no problem. Walking is also not a problem because you have to get back for dinner! Local ingredients are sourced as much as possible to make, for example, spicy lamb hotpot, chocolate mousse, roast free-range chicken, strawberry and rhubarb pavlova, peanut butter biscuits, roast vegetables and aioli, corn and feta fritters, all gluten free and homemade. Transport can be provided to get to the start or home at the end of the daily walks to avoid some gravel roads if needed. The first day goes cross country to the beach and then along the beach to Bream Head. The beach is deserted and pristine. The second walk is a bit harder across Bream Head, we found it a bit tedious with lots of tree roots but it ends at a beautiful bay. The last day takes you up Mt Menaia, which is all stepped and rewards you with beautiful views. If the weather is bad, you can just stay in the cosy lodge eating! Their website is coastwalks.co.nz and there are other reviews on this website and at TripAdvisor. Both these walks are very reasonably priced. Transport from airports or railway stations can be arranged for both. All you need is to have some comfy boots. They are self-guided and well marked and require a reasonable fitness level but there is nothing too difficult. Good beds are provided but you are asked to bring a pillow slip, sleeping bag and a bath towel. The walking season is usually October to April, they are closed in winter. Remember to ask for gluten free in advance but don’t expect to lose weight!