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Tastes of the trail

ON HER FIRST night on the Te Araroa Trail, Anouk Bommer earned the nickname she’s carried for 1500km.

Arriving at Twilight Beach campsite with her 25kg pack, the Dutch tramper noticed locals gathering mussels off the rocks, and hurried in to join them.

The former chef harvested enough for dinner, and set about cooking the bounty with two hungry trail walkers.

While her companions were content to eat the shellfish raw, Bommer was digging into her pack, brimming with recipe ideas, and just like that, her trail name arrived – Master Chef.

Food is the word on everyone’s lips on the Te Araroa Trail, Bommer says, and walkers constantly share tips, tricks and recipes.

“We talk about food all day –

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