This time it stuck around right till the evening. Distance walked is the distance I walked according to my GPS Watch (Suunto Ambit 3 Run).. The Apricot Crumble on the other hand I didn’t understand, it seemed more like “apricots in a thick paste”. The tide is high tomorrow at 7am-ish so that facilitates an early start. Te Araroa documentary - Part 18 - Twizel to Queenstown - … There were plenty of rest days – 29 to be exact, with 12 on the North island and 17 on the South island.  I planned to stop at the 17km mark where there was supposed to be a campground where I could get water. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Te Araroa documentary - Part 18 - Twizel to Queenstown - … I toyed with the idea of not taking any cooking stuff, and just living off food that doesn’t require cooking. There was another car there with one person in it who was just sitting there smoking, and did not have any camping equipment. Below is a list of the gear Matt and I used on our 2016/2017 Te Araroa thru hike. Te Araroa trail walkers Meike Horns (left) and Matt Swanson rest up at Whanganui River Top 10 Holiday Park. The End of the Te Araroa Journey Posted on April 6, 2017 March 9, 2018 by Cat Kelley Day 126: Matt and I left the Holiday Park at 8:30 am and started hiking the final 21.2 miles of the trail. Wow, I can’t believe it is finally here. So I ended up with this: Gee, the wind is going to make walking along the beach interesting, I thought. Not normally noteworthy but it was after 4 days on the beach. I’m not going to pester the TA Trust about this sort of little thing though.  They do a great job providing the trail route in different formats and all the trail notes.  Well, maybe after I’ve given them my donation I might ask them 🤣 🤣. My full Te Araroa Trail experience on and off trail totalled 146 amazing days. But now it’s almost mid-August, and I’ve started buying gear (some of it expensive), so there’s no going back now.  Once you pass the “no going back” point, it’s actually quite scary.  On a sunny day, I look outside and can’t wait to be on the trail.  But when I’m curled up in bed on a rainy morning (and there have been a lot of those recently), I really question why I’m doing this. Looking towards the campsite across the tombolo. It holds its air well which is good, and the valve is easy to open and close. The tent has a handy little vestibule to store things outside the tent but inside the rain fly.  I kept my Crocs out there, and they stayed dry despite the fact it rained. I wasn’t really looking forward to that. It wasn’t much longer until I got back to Utea Park, where this journey all began the day before my first day.  It was good to be back.  Although, I was advised, no smoothie would be forthcoming!  Oh no, I had been looking for this since the first time I stayed here!  This was because they had sold the fridge-freezer, as well as almost everything else.  They had even sold the beds from all the units, in fact, the guy came to pick up the bed while I was sitting on it!  Tania brought out a mattress for me and put it in the unit.  Still much better than sleeping on a tiny inflatable airbed in a tent.  I didn’t mind at all.  It was only another few minutes to the YHA. And I couldn’t take any kind of cool photo because I was actually the only one at the lighthouse, and also, the wind was so strong that if I let go of the phone it would have blown away and ended up in the Pacific Ocean. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. I chose which is apparently the lightest one, the Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1. We stopped in various places, one was Warkworth which I reckon is quite a nice town, I could live there because it is not too far from Auckland, and it has a chocolate shop and a pub by the river that sells Guinness. Fat Freddy Maori Hunter Gatherer 11,771 views Bought from PB Tech in Auckland, which had it for the best price that I could see.  There were a few more people down this end of the beach. Matt made us some brekkie of eggs and toast and after leaving a koha ($$ donation) we got going at 8am. The rain jacket was the Outdoor Research Helium II which is very light.  I was on the road for an hour or two but only saw one car in that time. I spent some time in Rotorua to relax and unwind (and stayed in a motel). Instead of buying some kind of ridiculous sports car or another typical mid-life crisis thing I’ve decided to walk Te Araroa instead 😁 😁 😁 and besides, I already have a ridiculous sports car. I arrived at Twilight at 2pm and I really thought maybe somebody might join me in the campsite later in the day, but nope, nobody did. They tried to explain where it was but were explaining it using a lot of local landmarks that I didn’t know and wouldn’t be able to find in the dark. It was a beautiful spot, eerie with all the morning mist. The whole campground was overrun with 17 year old kids who were on something called “surf camp”. One good thing about this one is that nobody had found it yet, which is relatively rare. But one thing I wasn’t happy about… Holes in the mesh of my tent! The rest of Week 3 and all of Week 4 Support Crew’s Summary (by Kev) All numbers with km refer to the distance from Cape Reinga Day 18 (Thurs 19 Dec) 1059 Owhango – 1131 Whakapapa Hol Park George was off at 0526 to do the ’42 Traverse’ (32km) and then the … If you want to head straight to the first day on the trail – click here.  Otherwise the rest of the posts start below!  And please, if you like what you read, leave a comment! Kind of a tangy sugary gloopy mess. While we were chatting she also asked if I was walking to Bluff. But today I made it to the second recommended campsite – The Bluff. I guess once I start walking down 90 Mile Beach for the next few days I will have a better idea of how I feel. Finally, I get to see and talk to someone else! Distance walked may be higher than Trail covered if I deviated from the trail, or it may be lower because the GPS Watch often under-reads the actual distance walked. Actually I heard those two sentences a lot while I was travelling down that way… I clearly didn’t look like I belonged. It very very slowly got closer. A picture of the fire when it was at about 70% of its max. It was a further 15km to Ahipara. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky either and I could see all the stars. And since I didn’t see any other footprints all day, I wasn’t entirely surprised that I was the only one there. None of these thoughts are new to anyone who has followed this blog and knows me. From the carpark I started walking down to the lighthouse which is the official start point. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. I passed a cow at one point.  I like to add pictures to posts so that sucks a bit. She told me all about the area which was cool. Hopefully some sleep will help with the pain. The MapShare site shows the progress of someone tracking with an inReach satellite communicator. Short trips away from the trail are okay as long as I return to the exact same point to continue. I was surprised that I started hurting so soon – I never started hurting this soon in my training walks. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. At 5pm when I left work for the last time I joked with my friends that my mid-life crisis officially started at that point. So after a quick snack at the actual start of 90 mile beach, I set off walking. Te Araroa documentary - Part 13 - Palmerston North to Wellington ... Matt Warriner 153 views. Just before she left, Tania said to me “kia kaha” which I knew meant “Be Strong” because it was the motto of the college I went to. Because of my timing I could literally be their last guest in a few days’ time. I was also trying to follow the trail route to test out my mapping app.  So the next stop was Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill.  This is where I noticed something interesting.  The trail notes for the Coast to Coast Walkway (this section) say that you have to walk “up to One Tree Hill summit”, however every map I have seen shows the trail going around the edge of the park and completely bypassing the summit.  The perfectionist in me was uncomfortable about this.  Do I have to walk up to the summit or don’t I?  I would hate to tell people in the future that I walked Te Araroa, and they say to me “cool!  How did you like the summit of One Tree Hill?” and I’d say “actually I didn’t do that bit” and they’d say “hmmmmmmmmmm…..”. This campsite is quite nice, there is horse poo everywhere and apparently wild horses usually roam the campground but I didn’t see any tonight. I thought that was an interesting idea but it seemed to leak after a while, so I’m glad I didn’t do that. Author: Matthew Hill Last modified by: Matthew Hill Created Date: 5/29/2017 12:39:38 AM Other titles: I’m a bit of a stats geek so. But then I realised I hadn’t pulled the front two straps of my pack up tight, and after that, I was fine. They said they had seen me driving around and wanted to make sure I was alright. Since my inflatable mat finally arrived in the mail from amazon.com, I finally was able to spend a night in the tent with the gear I’ll be using on the trail!  Last night I took it out to my Mum’s place, because there’s nowhere to set it up at my house. Clark recently became the fastest woman to complete Te Araroa Trail, the journey of more than 3000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff. While I was outside I had a look at the stars. It would be too much of a shock to the system otherwise. I did expect to boil the water in the main pot and then put the instant coffee in the smaller pot and drink out of there.  However this didn’t work so well because both pots got hot quite quickly.  And the coffee seemed to cool down quite fast when I did that.  So I think I’m going to have to take some kind of lightweight mug and plate on the trail. Then I had breakfast (porridge which I burnt despite only cooking it 1 minute) and went to pack up the tent. Eugene and Matt chat with the amazing adventurous Lucy Clark, who set the female supported FKT on the Te Araroa trail with an astounding 66 days 7 hours 8 minutes, breaking the previous record by 11 days. I had been talking on Facebook to a girl that started a week or so before I did. I looked on the “Rankers Camping app” which talked about a campsite on Okahu Valley Road which was a bit further down the road, down a real back road in the middle of nowhere. At the 15km mark I could finally see the Ahipara hills. I really should have taken the time to find my jacket.  I was cold to the bone once I got home.  I turned the heater on and sat under it for a couple of hours.  But it makes me glad that on the trail I’m taking a wind jacket, a rain jacket, thermals, and two shirts.  I had last seen seals in Wellington by Red Rocks in 2013, although those seals just were lounging around on the rocks and didn’t move. Anyway if you look below you can see some other random photos, and also where I walked today, and how much I still have to go. There were no footprints anywhere – mine were the only ones. It really was a town that time forgot. Rhydian stopped for a break quite early on and so I left him at that point. Despite having just walked 30km, I detoured off the trail a bit and walked out onto The Bluff itself which can only be reached at low tide, so I might not have another chance to go out there. My niece gave me a toy called Taco Terry so that I wouldn’t be alone. This is the view from my workplace right now.  This is Albany Lakes in North Auckland.  The trail passes close to here but not actually right past here.  Still though, I wish I was outside right now. Adventure Matt Dowdle March 16, 2017 Harpers Pass, Lost Zealand, Matt, Matt Dowdle, photography, new zealand, purenewzealand, Trees For Survival, Te Araroa Comment After 2 days in Reefton with my uncle John, our minds were full of facts about the history of mining (John is a passionate Reefton historian). At 1am the tent was flapping around so much I was worried about it… So I went outside and checked all the stakes. Check out my interview with Anna Ridewood, a Te Araroa alumni, who has graciously allowed me to share her story of hiking the length of New Zealand; her anecdotes, tips, tricks and create somewhat of a guide to the Te Araroa trail. I did end up walking up to the summit on this occasion and I took a photo from the top.  I was going to ask a tourist to take a photo of me and the pack and the obelisk all in the same picture, but I think it would have been unfair to get them to frame the photo exactly how I would want it.  so I settled for a selfie 😁  I won’t post any pictures of the view from the top, because as a local I’ve seen the view a hundred times!  But there are a selection of other photos that I took yesterday below. And even if I did get used to not having coffee, I feel like I need at least one hot meal each day. Oh well, I don’t care. It was an unusual experience, but the poles really helped going up and down the hills. Apparently the 270g is only the pots, and not the stove nor the bag it comes in. And… which was a bit more exciting… the 100km point of Te Araroa! Despite that, once the tide fell away, I felt a lot better today while walking.  Much better than yesterday for some reason, even though it is my second 30km+ day of hiking in a row. Well, it has been some time since my last update - 50 days to be precise. Hiking the Length of NZ along the Te Araroa Trail for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness ~Please see bottom of page for website links~ I'm doing this because a little under 2 years ago in August of 2017, I lost one of my very closest mates to Suicide. Gifted at 2 weeks young to my maternal grandparents Meretini (nee Clarke) me Hameora Wynyard. You then sign the log with your username to prove you found it, and log it on the website. But at this stage I think I will take it because I’m really worried about gear breaking on the trail and so anything to keep the tent in great shape has to be good. I saw that your bag looks the same as the one your using on the te Araroa trail. Still a bit late, but at least I have everything now. If it took 4 hours to walk 12km I hope it doesn’t take 10 hours to walk 30km. It seemed that every single person in the town was in the park playing a game of cricket. I forgot how stinky Rotorua is. I’m going to try to do that… but I’m not much of a morning person, so mine is going to be an 11am photo each day.  Here is my first: 11am picture – one single bird on the beach. 3 Comments on The End of the Te Araroa Journey Day 126: Matt and I left the Holiday Park at 8:30 am and started hiking the final 21.2 miles of the trail.  These seals were definitely alive. I am going to have to learn how to stop my tent getting wet though. Today was a beautiful day so I went for a walk again with my pack. And I could also tell because it is still raining all the time, despite the sun shining. I drove to the other end of the campground and waited for a while. I hope so!). The track I walked on today was open but I think other tracks in the Hunua Ranges are still closed because of Kauri Dieback. 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