Living in the country you are planning a hike in is a whole lot easier for sure but Te Araroa does pose problems getting to the start, especially if you are southbound, because of Cape Reinga’s isolation……..here’s how we intend to get there.
We live over 700kms from The Cape, in the Bay Of Plenty so we will travel by car to Hamilton (200kms) where we will leave our car and also stay the night. Next morning we will bus from Hamilton central to Auckland domestic airport which is direct and only $20 each. Then a flight to Kerikeri on Air NZ ($75 each with a bag at the time we booked) Super Shuttle from Airport to Kerikeri Holiday Park ($7:50 each). We managed to get a special rate on Dune Rider for $80 each to the Cape (50% off by booking at least two months out) and they will pick us up at the front gate of Kerikeri Holiday Park.
Dune Rider should arrive at Cape Reinga lighthouse at around midday Oct 30th which should coincide with an incoming low tide to allow crossing around the rocky headland before Te Werahi beach. Then it’s onward to Twilight Beach camp for the first night on Te Araroa.