A thru-hike of Te Araroa (Maori for the long pathway), a 3 000 km long trail spanning the entire country of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south. The trail is a celebration of New Zealand’s incredible variety, its mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, tombolos and volcanoes. December 2016 – April 2017.

Te Araroa thru-hike

When I set out on my Kungsleden thru-hike this summer I told you that I wasn’t sure whether it would be the big crescendo of my reboot-at-forty journey or just the beginning. Well, I guess I have an answer to that query now – this is only the beginning!

Rebooting for me is a journey of discovery and my thru-hike this summer flung the doors wide open. Coming home was really hard though… harder than I thought it would be. I did not feel […]

Te Araroa packing list

EVALUATION… details in the evaluation notes at the bottom of this post.

Walking 3000 km (1865 miles) is quite an undertaking. To be safe I am taking a PLB on this hike, a first for me, but a personal locator beacon is just smart in case I run into trouble – or get lost. Navigation is going to be a challenge at times. After all, this trail is not as well tramped […]