Tramps

Nikau Bay (Ngunguru)

Day 16 Started the day with crossing the footbridge between Ngunguru North and South. This bridge claims to be the longest footbridge in the Southern hemisphere. Originally built to allow kids on the South bank to attend the school on…

Whananki

Day 15 Up early when the birds woke up. Everyone else was sleeping. Took 2 eggs from the box and tried (unsuccessfully) to fry one, then (successfully) poached the second. It was worth trying, but needs non-stick pans I think.…

Camp 306

Day 14 Left earlier with hopes to take it more slowly. It is not in my nature to walk slowly, and nature is hard to change. But after two weeks on trail, I feel I am starting to slow down.…

Life on The Farm

Day 13 Ruth, Elliot and I had discussed “The Farm” many times, and we had created our own stories about this place. There were rumours on the trail that it was a hippie joint, or maybe it catered to corporate…

Sheryl’s Place

Day 12 After the kayak trip, we had a short walk to Sheryl’s place, my first trail angel. It was an eye-opening experience for me and not what I was expecting. Sheryl lives on Maori land. Her home is a…

Kayaking

Day 12 There are a couple of options when leaving Paihia. Either take a small passenger ferry to Russell and walk the roads or board a sea kayak and paddle with the incoming tide to Waikare. I opted for the…

Kerikeri and Paihia

Day 9 to 11 The walk to Kerikeri was very pleasant, but maybe a little harder than anticipated. Or maybe it was harder because the previous day was a big day. The last 5 km stretch into Kerikeri was especially…

Puketi Forest

Day 8 Huge and very rewarding day. I got to walk the river gorge, something I have wanted to do since hearing about the Te Araroa Trail. It did not rain overnight. In the morning I walked back almost 2…

Raetea Forest

Days 6 and 7 The weather warning ended at 7am, and it was time to get on the trail. But first a coffee on the way through town. As I started I was not sure where I would be at…

Ahipara and Kaitaia

Days 4 and 5 Time to enjoy a little time in some Northland townships. Ahipara is tiny, with a gas station, dairy, holiday park and a very pleasant and unexpected coffee shop. Kaitaia is 15 kms walk away, and has…

90 Mile Beach

Day 1 to 3 It is really good to be on the Trail. Although, 90 Mile Beach is a tough way to start. Typically the walk takes between 4 and 5 days to complete. However, the first section of the…

Te Araroa 2023/2024

It has started. So far I have walked from Cape Reinga to Hamilton completing my first section of 4 sections. The second section from Hamilton to Wellington is already planned and I will start that in November and 2024. Planning…

MassIV Ruta

The MassIV Ruta was an epic walking journey through four spectacular mountain areas and four National Parks in southern Norway. The journey was 372 kms (231 miles) long and took 22 days to complete. The photos below are all taken…

Abel Tasman Track

Golden beaches, costal native bush and mainly fine weather. This was a vacation hike, spending time on the beaches and in the water, taking it easy and testing out some new gear. Day 0 – Getting There Monday, March 6,…

Kepler Track

From lush rain forest paths along the shores of Lake Te Anau and Manapouri to alpine sections over Mt Luxmore and exposed ridges. Some modest rain, but dodged some nasty weather on the day that counted. Day 1 – Te…