Departing from Cape Reinga, a Te Araroa Trail hiker is immediately walking on an endless beach with the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. This stretch of beach is called the 90 Mile Beach, but actually is only 50 miles. Quite the beach walk, no matter the actual distance, with off-season days of nothing but sand and water and sky and the occasional fellow hiker. Brad began his beach trek on November 18.
90 Mile Beach
New Zealand's 90 Mile Beach is on the list of one of the 10 longest beaches in the world. Our Long Beach in Washington is on the list too. Like Long Beach, the 90 Mile Beach allows vehicles to drive on the sand. In summer there is the heavy traffic of cars and buses showing tourists the sights. One of the warnings posted for Te Araroa hikers is to watch for traffic.
With New Zealand temperatures in the high 60's and sunset at 8:30, the cold and short days in the Pacific Northwest seem almost unbearable in comparison.