Te Araroa Trail – Rotorua

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 I arrived in Rotorua about 6:00 pm last night and, after checking into my room, headed to the Polynesian Spa to soak in the hot baths. They had several pools with temperatures varying from 100 to 104 degrees F and both acidic (sulphuric) pools and alkaline pools. I spent a couple of hours there unwinding from […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Hamilton Gardens

Sunday, December 3, 2023 Today is the first of my vacation days based out of Hamilton. It’s a combination rest / vacation period where I’ll be enjoying some of the tourist attractions in the area, but at a fairly leisurely pace. Hamilton Gardens was on my list for today and I caught a 9:35 bus from Hamilton transit center out […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 34

Saturday, December 2, 2023Distance/ Total: 21.4 km / 13.3 mi There were some very loud frogs croaking through the night and I eventually broke out my earplugs so I could get some sleep. I woke this morning to the sound of a sprinkling rain on the tent. I hurried and packed up just in case it started to really rain, […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 33

Friday, December 1, 2023Distance/ Total: 34.0 km / 21.1 mi I didn’t rush around this morning. It was going to be a long day – 34 km – but the first 21 km was going to be all roadwalk. I didn’t get started down the trail until about 8:00am. The first 21 km went pretty fast and I reached the […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 32

Thursday, November 30, 2023Distance/ Total: 25.5 km / 15.8 mi It was definitely a loud night at the Mercer Motel. It was situated by a highway and it seemed that big trucks kept driving by all night. There was even some heavy trucks that shook the ground as they drove by. I got around slowly this morning and headed to […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 31

Wednesday, November 29, 2023Distance/ Total: 35.8 km / 22.2 mi The BnB had a Continental breakfast this morning and I took advantage of the food before taking off. The trail continued as a road walk from Drury and headed up toward the Drury Hills and then across to an industrial park that was pretty busy with new construction. Shortly after […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 30

Tuesday, November 28, 2023Distance/ Total: 29.3 km / 18.2 mi I was up early and at the coffee shop when they opened at 7:00. I’ve had hot coffee for 5 days in a row now and I think I’m getting spoiled to it. I was on the trail by 7:30 heading towards the Auckland Airport. The trail turns before reaching […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 29

Monday, November 27, 2023Distance/ Total: 31.0 km / 19.3 mi I got up fairly early this morning to shower before heading out on the trail. I then headed down the street to a coffee shop and got some coffee and a pastry for my morning “quick start”. Returning to the hostel I packed up all my gear and got ready […]

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Te Araroa Trail – Day 27-28

Saturday & Sunday, November 25-26, 2023Distance/ Total: 0 km / 0 mi The HIT hostel is fairly small and has limited common areas. I woke up this morning and looked for a place to eat breakfast. Everything seems to open late, but I found a buffet breakfast at a nearby hotel. It was a little pricey, but I ate my […]

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