Road to Herikino forest

The hell of Herikino: following the Te Araroa through Northland’s forests

Why oh why tramping Herikino?

“Doing it all”: I think the feeling of doing an entire thru hike lured me into starting in the North of New Zealand instead of sticking to my original plan of hiking New Zealand’s south island only. Tempted by “not wanting to miss out” on kauri trees, beach walking, Maori culture, Tongariro National Park  – where Frodo destroyed the ring –  and more, I ignored the amount of road walking and bush tramping, despite knowing that I’m not particularly a forest girl.

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starting Te Araroa - 90 mile beach

The Beach & The Forests: A tough beginning of the Te Araroa

There are two types of hikers: beach trampers and forest trampers. Right from the start, the first sections of the Te Araroa – a 3000-kilometres-long trail in New Zealand – will determine in which camp you belong.

Without doubt, I’m a beach tramper (kiwi for “hiker”). This means that I’d rather walk the first 100 kilometres along the beach a second time than ever doing the brutal forests once again. Forest trampers and I totally disagree on this subject as they were totally wrecked by the beach.

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Hiking Holland's Coast Path part 1

Section hiking Holland’s Coast Path: Part 1 – Westland & The Hague

Back in the days, when A. and I were just dating, we decided to go for a hike along the beach. I remember A. being a bit hesitant about hiking in the Netherlands, but being in love, he agreed to go anyways. He loved it. “Wow, I didn’t expect this” I remember him saying, “this is so beautiful”.

[For Dutch, click here. For English, continue below.]

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