Approx 28km today according to TA, but we did around 29km actual leaving at 0800 and finding campsite amongst pines just south of the Bluff at about 1630. And no - this is not the "Bluff" that we get to finish the hike at!
The first 4km was a hike across/over Scott Point before we hit the famous 90 Mile Breach at around TA km16.
(link to gps track for day)
Then onto the start of the big beach walk - all 84.5km of it to Ahipara!
We meet up with a fellow TA hiker at Twilight Camp named Bob (aka "Atlas") - an American who is a very experienced long distance hiker. He had been very helpful with tips etc. We leap-frogged each other during the day, occasionally walking or eating together. I'm sure we'll meet many other interesting people along the way - a great part of this adventure!
Eventually found a camp amongst pines just south of the Bluff - thanks to Kirstine Collins' notes from last year. Bob joined us there about 20 mins later.
Next morning as we were getting up B saw some of the Northland wild horses right by the camp and managed a quick photo before they took off.
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!