3039.7 / 3074.5 km 98.9% Invercargil / Tuatara Lodge

Posts are delayed by a week, and publish at noon NZDT (7 pm EDT).

Wakatehāua Island
Monday, November 13, 2023 9:35 pm
Location: Hukatere Lodge Campground (79.7 km)

Our second day on Ninety Mile Beach took us a further 30 km down the very long beach.

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Steam Rises from Te Paki Stream
Sunday, November 12, 2023 4:01 pm
Location: Maunganui Bluff Campsite (49.1 km)

Today brought us to the start of the longest beach walk on Te Araroa: Ninety Mile Beach.

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Sunrise Over a Mountain
Saturday, November 11, 2023 8:59 pm
Location: Te Paki Stream / Giant Sand Dunes (25.5 km)

The first full day on Te Araroa was a roadwalk to bypass a trail closure, bringing us to the foot of some giant sand dunes.

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The Lighthouse at Cape Reinga
Friday, November 10, 2023 9:29 pm
Location: Tapotupotu Bay Campground (5.9 km)

Two bus rides, a shuttle, and a short walk brought me to Cape Reinga, the northern terminus of Te Araroa.

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Northern Terminus of Te Araroa
Friday, November 10, 2023 6:34 pm
Location: Cape Reinga, Northern Terminus of Te Araroa (0.0 km)

I’ve arrived at the northern terminus of New Zealand’s Te Araroa. Now begins my fourth epic-length thru-hike.

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