The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…Waikato King Country, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

​​ ​ Video taken by John from Mt Pirongia Summit Our Te Araroa trail journey continues in the beautiful Waikato Region taking us over our highest summit so far, varied and trying weather and some minor discomforts to body and soul…testing the Comfort Zone!   The Good: Panoramic views, beautiful bush, lovely campsite, the joy … More The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…Waikato King Country, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

‘I would Walk 500 Miles and I Would Walk 500 More’, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Apologies to the Proclaimers!  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”  Lao Tzu.   This signage;  one of many on the beautiful Hakarimata Walkway, Ngaruawatia in the Waikato.  These sayings lead our achievement so far.  In Hamilton, John and I reached 800kms…500 miles on the Te Araroa Trail, the long pathway in … More ‘I would Walk 500 Miles and I Would Walk 500 More’, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Shelter From The Storm, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Shelter from the storm for Monarch butterflies and for we two fortunate Te Araroa trail trampers. Not as Bob Dylan sang; maybe more as in ‘Willow’, (Shelter in a Storm) a Joan Armatrading favourite. Trees were felled, as were power lines, interrupting power to thousands throughout the Auckland region, cars and homes damaged as an … More Shelter From The Storm, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Breathtaking, Breathtaking and Breathtaking, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Breathtaking, breathtaking and breathtaking. Te Araroa Trail, NZ Ruakaka to Dome Forest Beautiful beaches, stretching for kilometres have been our pleasure to walk. Some of the forests have been breathtaking too…tiring! Leaving Ruakaka beach for Waipu Cove, junior life saving championships, all activity and crowds, slowed our receding high tide way. Further on, entertainment of … More Breathtaking, Breathtaking and Breathtaking, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

‘Tough Mudder’ Tame In Comparison to Northland’s Rainforests, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Arduous, Unrelenting, Challenging Tramping Herekino Forest, Raetea Forest, Omahuta Forest, Pukatea Ridge Track to Puketi Forest over five days was demanding in terrain, in attention to each footstep and in condition. Kilometres of climbing and descending summits, kilometres of tramping (slippery and sucking at your boots) muddy trails, kilometres of clambering up and over treacherous … More ‘Tough Mudder’ Tame In Comparison to Northland’s Rainforests, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Life is a beach…a 90 mile beach, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

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 … More Life is a beach…a 90 mile beach, Te Araroa Trail, NZ