There were 5 of us on this tramp Alan, Sheila, Hillary, Alison and Carol. We started the trail from Cape Reinga about 11 am after a 2 hour drive from Ahipara, fully loaded with tents, sleeping bags, 4 days food etc. We have since heard stories about people finding this tramp too much and being rescued at various stages. No cellphone coverage made it very difficult too. We abandoned the tramp after one night due to the rain and muddy conditions. Sleeping rough in a shelter with possums and rats running around was no fun either.
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