So here I am, in New Zealand finally :)
In a bus heading north out of Auckland in driving rain...
But from the beginning:
30 hours in a narrow, noisy can full of people. Not much fun. But I survived :)
Immigration is a breeze. Customs, as expected, not so much. Travelling with not brand new camping gear means an extra bio security check. Nothing to worry about, but it just takes time.
After passing the check I board a bus to Auckland. From the center it's another 45 minutes hike to Ponsonby, where I meet Raji, my super friendly Couchsurfing host. A delicious dinner at Rajis flat marks the end of the day. The 50 or so sleepless hours have taken their toll.
A few hours of well needed sleep later, I head into the city, strolling around, organizing some things here and there but basically just taking it easy.
My second night in Auckland is a short one. The rain hammering against the window is waking me up quite early. Not a big deal as my bus north is leaving quite early anyway.
The bus I am currently on will take me to Paihia, a town, where the Te Araroa Trail passes through. So this should allow me to leave stuff that I won't immediately need (like spare shoes etc.) at the hostel and pick it up on the way south, and I hope to hitch an easy ride from Paihia to Kaitaia and Cape Reinga tomorrow. But with hitchhiking being so unpredictable and awfully long waits quite common, I am well aware that it might take two days.
So wish me luck ;)
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Klaus and Gisela (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 19:49)
Hi Sandro we are the Silverhikers on Instagram and follow your exciting journey with great attention. Our goal is to hike the Te Araroa Trail in November 2017. Now we are looking forward to hear from you and certainly your wonderful experiences. We wish you good luck. Stay safe.
Sandro Koster (Sunday, 25 September 2016 09:49)
Hi Gisela, hi Klaus,
Many thanks! Although I only just began my hike, I can say it's just fantastic. Hopefully it will work out for you in 2017 :)