Te Araroa 2019/2020

Day 31 – crazy river walk and angry bulls

Date: 16.12.2019 Ta km: 680.7-712.5 Mercer to Huntly Golf Course Actually walked: 33ish Dry feet: nope Blisters: ok We had a big day ahead of us and apparently not the nicest section of the trail. The first few kilometers were along the state highway 1 and then it continued as a shitty river walk. Now. … Continue reading Day 31 – crazy river walk and angry bulls

Day 30 – cheating, swamps and being lazy

Date: 15.12.2019 Ta km: 614-680.7 Auckland to Mercer Hitched: train to Pukekohe Actually walked: 9ish Dry feet: nope (I tried) Since we wanted to hitchhike to Mercer we had a bit of a lazy morning and then took the bus to our starting point. We even had a sign prepared. We spent an hour standing … Continue reading Day 30 – cheating, swamps and being lazy

Day 29 – getting to the airport and calling home

Date: 14.12.2019 Ta km: 589-614 mid Auckland to the airport Actually walked: 28ish Dry feet: nope Rained on We had a lazy morning, since we knew we'd only walk to the airport that day. We took the bus to get back to our last trail location and started walking. Soon enough it started drizzling. Very … Continue reading Day 29 – getting to the airport and calling home

Day 25 – crossing a chin deep estuary and hello Auckland!

Date: 10.12.2019 Ta km: 534-558 Orewa to Long Bay Actually walked: 22ish Hitched: 7km (dangerous road between Silverdale and Stillwater) Dry feet: hell no Blisters: getting worse I was still on the fence about the upcoming river crossing. Ben crossed the previous day and it was chest deep for him! And on the map the … Continue reading Day 25 – crossing a chin deep estuary and hello Auckland!

Day 24 – hitchhiking, limping and a cooking fail

Date: 9.12.2019 Ta km: 510-534 DOC campsite to Orewa Actually walked: 18ish Hitched: state highway 1 Puhoi to Orewa roundabout Dry feet: yes Blisters: ouch ouch ouch The promise of getting real coffee in Puhoi was a brilliant motivation for me. Also the fact that I ate a whole chocolate the day before and other … Continue reading Day 24 – hitchhiking, limping and a cooking fail

Day 23 – a cheeky chicken, more storm chasing (us) and 500km done

Date: 8.12.2019 Ta km: 485-510 Dome forest to DOC campsite Actually walked:25ish Dry feet: yes Blisters: ouch After a bit of more scrambling uphill to a viewpoint the trail turned into a much easier path, so walking the rest of the Dome forest was much easier and faster. We could actually see the Sky tower … Continue reading Day 23 – a cheeky chicken, more storm chasing (us) and 500km done

Day 22 – getting drenched in a storm and slippery Dome forest

Date: 7.12.2019 Ta km: 463-485 Pakiri Holiday Park to mid Dome forest Actually walked: 22ish Dry feet: ehm, nope Blisters: ouch from the day before The plan was to get to the campsite at km 490, which is very kindly provided by a local farmer. We started a bit late and I was a quute … Continue reading Day 22 – getting drenched in a storm and slippery Dome forest