Maunganui Bluff to Ahipara

Day 3 (Thurs 12 Nov): Maunganui Bluff campsite to Hukatere campsite (90 mile beach) Started 7.55am, finished 4pm, 30k Pain in the head status: nagging neck pain started near the end of the walk, developing into a full-blown migraine, but quickly aborted by meds Being woken by the sound of horses neighing in the nightContinue reading “Maunganui Bluff to Ahipara”

Cape Reinga to Maunganui Bluff

Day 1 (Tue 10 Nov) Cape Reinga to Twilight Beach Started 10.30am, finished 2.30pm, 13.5k Word of the day: Bibulous, given to the consumption of alcohol Pain in the head status: Twinges on and off most of the day but ignorable We stayed overnight in Kaitaia, which was enough to determine that the flashest restaurantContinue reading “Cape Reinga to Maunganui Bluff”

Pre-Te Araroa test tramp: Matemateaonga

Labour weekend, two weeks before we were due to start Te Araroa. We hadn’t been tramping since February, what with COVID-19 and work busyness, so we needed to test ourselves. We had thought of doing the Mt Taranaki Round the Mountain track, but the forecast was dire. We had to find somewhere within driving distanceContinue reading “Pre-Te Araroa test tramp: Matemateaonga”

Te Araroa: What, why, when

If you haven’t already heard of it, Te Araroa (literally ‘long pathway’) is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s version of those famous thru-hikes such as the Appalachian Trail, the Camino de Santiago, the Pacific Crest Trail. Thru-hikes are expected to take a significant amount of time (months) although you can do bits of them at a time (sectionContinue reading “Te Araroa: What, why, when”

How to tramp with migraines

What I’ve learnt so far about tramping with migraines. I often used to go tramping on my own, and had the occasional migraine alone in the wilderness. But that was before the migraines became very frequent – now I have migraines for around 10-12 days a month, that means for any longer tramp I goContinue reading “How to tramp with migraines”

More about migraines

What is a migraine? Really, who knows. It’s a serious kind of brain fart. Something sets off the brain, maybe a change in neurotransmitters (the chemicals that nerves communicate with), or blood flow, or hormone levels, or nutrients, or… so many options. The end result is a pulsating, throbbing, stabbing pain in one side ofContinue reading “More about migraines”

Gear list

What are we taking and how much does it weigh? Very good questions. Not entirely sure, yet, but here is the latest estimate. What we’ll wear while walking: T shirt (Icebreaker), shorts, socks (Icebreaker) and boots (Lowa), sunhat, underwear, walking poles (Leki), gaiters, sunglasses/glasses. Gear carried in Osprey Ariel 55 l pack. This has noContinue reading “Gear list”