Cape Reinga to Wellington, New Zealand. Te Araroa, the North Island…The Long Pathway, 1700 kms. First stage Cape Reinga to Ahipara.
Highlights: Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific meet and Maori legend; where the departing spirits of their dead leave Aoteoroa to the journey of their final resting place. Beautiful salmon-pink giant sand dunes aside of Te Werahi Beach, looking to infinity over 90 Mile Beach; an awesome sight. First night camping at Scotts Point with a mug of red and a beautiful sunset. Snoozes in the sand dunes when the need arose or high tide prevented progress. And the sea, the beach, the sky reaching to infinity, awesome in beauty; in keeping you in the moment with an eye to the tides, sea treasures and patterns of nature to value in mind and soul. To some – boring, same same. Not so for us.
Five days walking the beach. Amazing. Blessed with good weather – partly cloudy with cooling breezes. So lucky. But do not underestimate. Walking the sands is very tiring on legs and feet.
The beach was beautiful but the sea giveth and taketh. To the unwary, the sea is treacherous in parts. A young German girl lost her life when going for a swim. 2 others were saved just as we reached Haukatere.
Arrived in Ahipara, on the fifth day after leaving Cape Reinga. 100 kms down and 1600 to Wellington to go. So many stories to tell already and not enough time st this point to tell. They will keep!
Today is our 44th Wedding Anniversary and we’ve celebrated camp style at Ahipara Campsite a YHA campsite and it is beautiful and clean set in lovely grounds
The top four photos taken at the commencement of the walk from Cape Reinga and onto Te Werahi Beach. Following photos taken along 90 Mile Beach. Accommodation: First night camping at Scotts Point, Second at Bluff Point, Living in comfort with fine hospitality and conversation with Gabriella at Haukatere Lodge (www.plankton.nz), motel at Waipapakauri Caravan site and finally a cabin at the YHA campsite in Ahipara. We have been joined on our walk by a young German, Claudio Schwarz.
Our next challenge. Herekino Forest. The first of four rainforests.