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I had no shoes on my feet, never before had I spent a night out on an actual hike, and ahead of me I had 3000 kilometres of walking across an unfamiliar country.

I stood next to the beautiful white lighthouse at Cape Reinga, ready to walk across New Zealand’s 3000-kilometre-long hiking trail Te Araroa.


This was not the adventure I had in mind when setting out on Ninety Mile Beach