Stephen

Stephen

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. I have already walked from Cape Reinga to Auckland, with Auckland to Hamilton yet to do to complete the first section. And due to a previous ttack closure, I also have the first 12 kms from Cape…

Okanagan Valley

It is starting to get cold. And it is time to head South and head down, both of which should make it warmer. We took the fast road over to Kelowna, stopping just short to visit the tourist information center.…

Northern Lakes

We did a week long driving tour visiting a good number lakes. We spent 2 nights at Big Bar Lake, 2 nights at Howard Lake and 1 night each at Crooked, Green and Stump Lakes. Nearly all of these lakes…

99 North

From Whistler we headed North along the 99. We stopped and hiked up to Joffre Lakes. A nice hike and the rain stayed away. We continued north and stopped by a river for the night. It was a cold night…

Whistler

Saturday to Monday, September 16th to 18th, 2023 Spent the night on the driveway of our Friends house. We wandered into the town for a memory-lane walk. Whistler has not changed that much since since our last visit, which was…