Little to report except for the very long way from Palmerston North to home.
One thing that is of note is that the back way from Palmerston (Highway 54) through Fielding is one of the nicest roads in the country with the most fabulous views of the Rangeteki River valley. It rates so much better than Highway 1 it's just not funny.
Another highlight (there are not that many when you're in a rush) is the cafe at the old National Park railway station. An excellent coffee and sandwich awaits you there.