Well, it’s been a hectic few weeks, but I managed to get everything done in preparation for this hike. The gear is mostly the same (added an umbrella and better rainshell — see gear list page), but it was mostly all the small tasks associated with international travel that added a lot of work. Oh well, it’s all done now, and I’m relaxing in the airport!
Here I am, all packed, along with a *few* extra pairs of shoes & insoles, which will be used for other hikes in 2019 – more details later! 🙂
After 22 hours of flying and 2 stops, I’ll arrive in Auckland on Saturday afternoon, which should give plenty of time to do shopping errands (food, fuel, Sim card, hut pass, etc). Then it’s a 6 hour bus ride on Sunday morning to Kaitaia, and a hitch to Cape Reinga, which is the northernmost point of NZ, and the start of the TA. If all goes well, I’ll be on the trail Sunday night, hiking south!