Most of Te Araroa’s through-walkers start their epic journey at Cape Reinga at the northern end of the North Island. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. The relaxed seaside towns provide comfort for the weary tramper. They show off the classic Kiwi lifestyle in which seaside holidays are a birthright. The trail includes everything from cruisey beach walks to rigorous backcountry hikes. Challenges include crossing several bodies of water. Your choices might include waiting for low tide, pack floating or appealing to a friendly boatie.