27 Nov 2017

Take Two

From The Long Way Home, 2:00 pm on 27 November 2017

Bruce Hopkins wants to take the ashes of his dad and brother home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way. 

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A long view down the length of the beach south of Marsden Point.

On the beach south of Marsden Point. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

Te Araroa – Take Two!

Bruce Hopkins is back on the trail after a two-week injury break.

He picks up where he left off, on the beach at Marsden Point and aiming to make it to Auckland by the end of the week.

His infected shin is still sore and his left little toe has made it quite clear that it doesn’t want to walk the length of the country, but with so many obstacles overcome and so many good people there to help him, could anything stop Bruce now?

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week Six

17 - 24 November 2017

Marsden Point - Auckland

"I've enjoyed whiling away the hours resting up in my wee hobbit hole in Auckland but I'm ready to get going now.

A giant Kauri Snail shell Bruce found in the Northland Forests.

A giant Kauri Snail shell Bruce found in the Northland Forests. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"From time to time my daughter Francesca shares an opinion that resonates with me as being wise. When I said to her I was keen to start again last Wednesday, she replied 'Dad, add two days to whatever date you think you want to start' and I could tell she was correct. ​I restarted Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail on Friday 17th November. 

Bruce tests out his injury on a walk around the Auckland waterfront.

Bruce tests out his injury on a walk around the Auckland waterfront. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"My old mate Noel McLeod drove me up to Marsden Point on Friday 17 November and I got started at about 10am.

A view down the length of Ruakaka Beach.

Ruakaka Beach. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"The trail just keeps on giving; the good, the bad and the ugly. The shin’s still pretty ugly but that matches the rest of the body!

A close-up of Bruce's shin, two week after contracting Cellulitis. The skin is inflamed and peeling but feels bettter.

Two weeks after contracting cellulitis, Bruce's shin feels better but still doesn't look great. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"Te Araroa Trail, here we come – Take Two!"

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Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkin.

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