TA DAY 1 : 4th November 2017
Cape Reinga to Twilight Beach campsite
TODAYS KMs - 12
TOTAL KMs - 12
A good day to break the sloth mode we have been in for the last 4 days. Got to Cape Reinga about 1.30pm and did the obligatory photos at the sign post. Feeling very emotional ( from super excited to awe to scared shitless) hard to believe that this epic journey is about to start. Wondering what changes will occur both physical and mentally. How David and I fare with being together 24/7. We are both so grateful to the universe for this opportunity to discover what else there is to living. We are under no illusion that this is going to be easy, we will embrace the unknown and see what unfolds. Today we started the journey with 8 other hikers all here for the own challenges all here planning to reach the end in 3-5 months time.
The walk from Cape Reinga to Twilight was up and down and due to good timing with the tides quiet easy,made it into camp with plenty of time to enjoy the picturesque surrounds.
HIGHTLIGHT: Seeing Cape Reinga for real after seeing hundreds of other peoples start pictures.
LOWLIGHT: The sandflies in camp.
TA DAY 2 : 5th November 2017
Twilight Beach camp to The Bluff campsight
TODAYS KMs : 29
TOTAL KMs : 41
Today was one of those days where you need to be mentally strong versus physically strong. The walk was easy as all on hard compact sand but it was boring due to its repetitive nature it was beach, beach and more beach. Trying to capitalise on low tide this hard sand it was decided to get going early to catch the morning low tide, sleep out high tide in the sand dunes then finish walking on the out going tide, a strategy that worked well and kept us walking on form sand all day. Reaching camp was a delight with the camp spot nestled into the sand dunes just of the beach. Emotional wreck tonight as my hip have stiffened up and I am limping really bad, lots of demons running around in my head about my ability to complete what we started. This reality has been highlighted by one of the girls (Sabine) that started with us has had to get a lift back to town due to extreme blisters. It’s really hard to explain the turmoil you feel when you have planned and trained for something like this journey and then bang something goes wrong. So I’m down on the yoga mat doing hip flexes, dosed up on muscle relaxants and smelling like a footy change room with so much lineaments to hopefully wake up tomorrow able to walk.
HIGHLIGHT: Getting into camp
LOWLIGHT: My bloody hip playing up
TA DAY 3 : 6th November 2017
The Bluff campsite to Utea Lodge
TODAYS KMs : 27
TOTAL KMs : 68km
Another amazing day, weather is perfect for beach walking - overcast and cool, if the sun was out you would burn to a crisp. Scenery was the same as yesterday. Tonight we are staying at Utea Lodge a fancy name for an amazing camp with kitchen facilities and hot showers, ah the simple things in life definitely the best. After 3 days on sand it is amazing how good a hot shower can feel. Met the “silverhikers” tonight a couple I have been following on Instagram. The only other people we have met that are of the same vintage as us. Utea Lodge is run by a gorgeous lady called Tania who generously gave us a delicious avocado and we were gifted 2 boiled eggs from 2 girls in a campervan so avocado and egg for lunch tomorrow.
HIGHLIGHT: Utea Lodge and Tania the host
LOWLIGHT: Being really stiff
TA DAY 4 : 7th November 2017
Utea Lodge to Waipapakauri (90 Mile Beach Holiday Park)
TODAYS KMs : 17
TOTAL KMs : 85
We have pulled together a little caravan of people to walk with which is working out really well we have Georgia a New Zealand girl, Hannah from the UK, Tim from USA and us a motley crew but we are having lots of laughs. They are all experienced hikers so last night entertainment was David and I showing them everything in our packs and they decided whether it stay or was to be posted on. We got rid of 3.7kg worth of stuff, thanks guys for your input. Today we again waited out the tide at lunch with a sleep in the dunes and as we came of the beach David stopped to have a chat with a guy who said there was a storm brewing so we decided to get a cabin. So decided that we would all put in money for a “feast”. The boys hitched a ride into town and for $10 each we got lamp chops, lettuce , capsicum, tomato, avocado and dessert of mini snickers yum.
HIGHLIGHT: Noon nap
LOWLIGHT: Burnt lips
BTW it lured down all night the cabin was a good call.
TA DAY 5: 8th November 2017
Waipapakauri to Ahipara
TODAYS KMs : 15
TOTAL KMs : 100
Hooray we are of the beach and over the 100km mark. We came of the beach straight into Ahipara Holiday Park and with rain looming we decided to get a cabin again. It’s amazing how a hot shower can make you feel human, spent quite a bit of time removing sand from all my orifices. The park had a huge comfy lounge area which we utilised to the max, so nice to be out of the wind. Tomorrow we have decided to take a zero day.
HIGHLIGHT: I haven’t mention this before but everyday the best thing about this journey is the people you met and the journey stories. Everyone is here for their own adventure and by being true to their own journey they add to everyone’s journey . Now that’s universal magic.
LOWLIGHT: The sausages we had for dinner they were atrocious.
TA DAY 6: 9th November 2017
TODAYS KMs : 0
TOTAL KMs : 100
A zero day is a day that you walk 0km. It’s usually used to resupply, laundry and rest and recuperation. So today we caught the worker’s bus into Kaitaia to get resupplies( approx 11km). We also had to post the box of extra’s that the group had culled out of our packs to Wellington goodbye 3.7kg.
WOW David and I have never spent so much time shopping!!!!! There are so many decisions to be made when resupply
Then we hitched, yes David and I hitched our very first hitch ever back to Aphira. Thanks Rebecca for the ride.