Brad last did a blog posting on December 12 from Waipu. According to my calculations he has approximately 100 miles to hike before arriving back in Auckland. At 20 miles a day he should be in touch again on about the 18th of December. Of course, he might have detoured for more cave exploration or surfing. Or he might have treated himself to a zero day (no hiking) or hiked fewer than 20 miles each day. But, however long it takes, I am looking forward to an e-mail contact and chat time with him in the not too distant future.
Auckland will be a time for Brad to tend to some business too, like getting his Visa finalized and refreshing his trail information for heading south from Auckland. He also should have a pile of mail to pick up.
The Te Araroa Trail is from tip-to-tip North Island to South Island. The North Island beginning at Cape Reinga is made up of seven trail sections:Auckland to Waikato section.
I have never done a long distance walk or hike, but I've traveled a number of miles across several states by bicycle, and what one can see and experience on a bike vs. a car is amazing. Walking must make the views and experiences several degrees more intimate. Walking the entire length of New Zealand will, in some ways, make Brad more of a foot-to-soil expert on NZ than many citizens.
"There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast." ~Paul Scott Mowrer, The House of Europe