Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand
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TA Day 1, Cape Reinga to Twilight Camp – 13 km

Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand
Alison and Irene begin the Te Araroa from Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of New Zealand.

It’s pitch dark, the waves are crashing and the other six at Twilight are asleep, nestled in their tents. This will be brief, but suffice-to-say, an extraordinary start.

I arrived in Auckland chased by a gibbous waning moon over the Pacific earlier than planned, the plane flying low over water before touching down on a drizzly paradise.

All went smoothly, even with a sprint of nearly half a mile to customs, then a long wait for my tent (tient) to be inspected – be sure to clean everything, including the pegs! – but while my pegs underwent inspection, I had time to snag my new SIM card and pile on data before the line got too long.

It was a long day+ of three flights, back-to-back, from Minneapolis to New Zealand and ultimately Kerikeri in Northland.
It was a long day+ of three flights, back-to-back, from Minneapolis to New Zealand and ultimately Kerikeri in Northland.
Irene's dad Bryce and his partner Vern picked me up at the airport and drove me to the start at Cape Reinga.
Irene’s dad Bryce and his partner Vern picked me up at the airport and drove me to the start at Cape Reinga.

The next prop plane took me to the Far North of Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands, where Irene met me, a gal I friended from the Te Araroa women’s group. Her dad and his partner were happy to collect me at the airport and take me the long drive to the Far Far North to ensure Irene had a mate to walk with.