5th November


Kerikeri 227.3km to Pahia 253km

I was keen to leave, despite a deep cough that still lingered. I was certain I was over the worst of it. I felt a little like a caged lion. Energy, I had loads of it and longed to be moving again. A Google search was enough to tell that I didn’t have pneumonia, which was my initial fear. My chat with the pharmacist confirmed that while it was possible it was unlikely.

There were as many 8 other hikers on trail today, all leaving at different time. I had to post my bounce box to Auckland. It’s crazy to think I’ll be there in about 2 weeks.

It was just before 10am when I made my way out if town, stopping briefly at the oldest building in all of Newlll and Zealand. Built in 1831-32, it doesn’t really compare to places in Europe, Asia or Africa.

I had lots of thoughts today. Partly because I was very ill when I was there in 2009. I contracted Maleria in Cameroon but it was a visit I made to Timbuktu in Mali, many years ago that occupied my mind. I often get random flashbacks to previous travel destinations. All the memories are as vivid as if they happened yesterday.

A sand storm blew in while in the Sahara just outside of Timbuktu. Bit annoying for us but not a problem for our camels but it was an experience. I think my camel was called Ahmed. The 1000 year old history of the old salt trading caravans traveling the Sahara. I was reminded of a book I read many years ago by Ibn Battuta, the Middle Eastern Marco Polo. Anyway, I digress. Back to the trail.

The trail was mostly on forestry plantation roads and rather peaceful. I kept a keen eye out for the native bird, the Kiwi, but nothing. I hope to see one of these elusive creatures before I finish the trail.

My energy level stayed high but I rested often to be sure. I was still coughing but had no problem breathing while hiking up hills. I’m not 100% but I think I’ll be fine in a coup e of more days.

After a pleasant day hiking through forests I arrived at the pricey holiday town of Pahia in the Bay if Islands. Nearby is Waitangi a nationally significant place as a treaty was signed between the Maori and British. The first time a colonial world power recognized indigenous ownership of land and culture. The treaty of Waitangi is an important document for New Zealand and the world.

You might like to read:

Complete Te Araroa Trail
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4 Responses

  1. Saint Rick

    I’m glad you’re back on your feet mate and feeling better. It sucks getting sick on the trail.. 😶

  2. leggypeggy

    Timbuktu was like yesterday for me too. I also remember you reading about Ibn Battuta. Gosh, sometimes I wonder what exactly triggers the memories.


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