Kia ora from Auckland – TA 2016 Pt.1

Well it seems impossible that next week I’ll be hiking 90 mile beach (not actually 90 miles but nearer 90 km!)  with three other intrepid hikers, marking the start of our Te Araroa adventure.

I have been in NZ for a few days now. On the second day I woke up with a bit of a sore knee. Despite all the sport and activities I’ve been involved in during my life, I’ve never had knee issues. Ankles, well that’s another story!

I only feel my knee when walking up steep hills or stairs. Worringly, NZ has a lot of the former! So I have been taking it easy, but I can’t see it being much of an issue. It is more discomfort than pain, and the issue seems to be getting better, not worse.

I have a few more purchases to make and people to catch up with over the next few days. We are firmly in spring now so the weather has been four seasons in one day. This is a commonly used expression in The Land of the Long White Cloud.

We leave Auckland next Tuesday for Kaitiai and will overnight there before getting a ride to Cape Reinga (the start of the southbound TA).