Don’t bring those old judgements and pressures with you on the journey. If you don’t know what is ahead you can’t prepare for it (mentally and physically) and ensure you have the right gear and skills. Feed yourself well. Over your lifetime everyone can walk the length of New Zealand. Thirty-five years in the making, the trail officially opened in late 2011. In dense forest and scrambling over the Alps however you’ll be doing a lot less. Learn some basic navigation skills and don’t rely purely on technology that can sometimes fail you. Feral horses are out of control in NSW’s largest, Peekaboo, Wombat found you.⁠ Shot by @j, How Feral Horses Damage Australia’s Precious Alpine Environments, Trek to Maitland Bay Along The Bouddi Coastal Walk, The Intriguing History (and Exciting Future) of Hiking Clothing, The Petrel Patrol – Searching For NZ's Endangered Seabird, RacingThePlanet – The 250km Race Across New Zealand, This Couple Is Thru-Hiking Between Gigs Across NZ. This was a little of what I saw. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. A long distance hike can be a great way to liberate yourself from all the pressures we live with day to day in modern society. It consists of 156 individual trails and tracks. So she was back at home with her parents resting up and plans to complete the Te Araroa next season. I wanted to find out for myself what the Te Araroa trail entailed; to photograph both it and the view of New Zealand that it presents. The trail travels from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, passing through 9 distinct regions on its way. Te Araroa comprises 87 separate trails stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. I learned many lessons the hard way, pushing the boundary and then regretting it afterwards. Search Icon. Te Araroa is New Zealand’s premier long-distance hiking trail, stretching 3000 km (1860 mi) across the country’s two main islands. You might come across anything from raised eyebrows to outright disapproval about the choices you make but it doesn’t matter. I may have been a little ambitious when I decided to hike Te Araroa, the world’s newest long distance hiking trail running from one end of New Zealand to the other. [CDATA[ (function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start': new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'? A short film about running the length of New Zealand. The Te Araroa Trust was founded in 1994 to revisit the original idea, and it is working with local organisations and land owners to incorporate existing tracks and establish new tracks as needed. I don’t remember thinking about it for too long before I decided it would be either the length of New Zealand or the UK and the deciding factor was that New Zealand has one single designated trail running the length of the country called the Te Araroa trail as opposed to the UK where I would have had to put a lot of work into creating my own. Jan Sedgwick She has more than 35 years experience in media, marketing and public relations. Determine what factors are important to you (warmth, weight, durability, comfort…), do your research and make your own decisions. Te Araroa Trail was founded by Geoff Chapple, a journalist and keen tramper who first promoted the idea of a length of New Zealand walkway in a newspaper article in 1994. View my itinerary here. Some might tell you you’ll never make it (as I experienced). Learn the best way to cross a river, have some idea about weather patterns and clouds. In moving past the obstacles you face you will grow like never before. Here's a short highlights video of our walk across New Zealand on the Te Araroa. '&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= ''+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f); })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-KN4ZHF7'); // ]]> Te Araroa, or The Long Pathway is a hiking trail that runs the length of New Zealand. Photo / Laura Waters. ; 1000kms on England’s South West Coast path in July 2018. Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Some people like to hike fast while others (me) like to take photos and hug trees. Like the Appalachian Trail in the U.S., the Camino de Santiago in Spain, or the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, New Zealand's Te Araroa is more than just a hike. In the wild and windy Tararua Range in the North Island for example, it took an exhausting nine hours to cover just thirteen kilometres. Long Distance – Te Araroa Trail NZ and South West Coast Path UK. Search for: Menu Toggle Icon. Writing the blog post for each day of the walk was one of the highlights of each day. If you’re planning your own long distance hiking adventure, here are a few tips that might help you. Hike in a way that meets your own needs, goals and likes. To bring Te Araroa to life, Geoff walked New Zealand himself - covering the North Island in 1998, then the South Island in 2002. This will make it clearer on the maps of where start and stop and a wider overlap of consecutive maps. This page contains maps and description for each of those trails. I may have been a little ambitious when I decided to hike Te Araroa, the world’s newest long distance hiking trail running from one end of New Zealand to the other. Te Araroa is a 3000 km long route that runs the length of both islands of New Zealand.This is a new route that was opened on December 3, 2011. . * Te Araroa popularity creates pressure points. I walked Te Araroa – the 3,000km trail that runs the length of New Zealand – between September 2019 and March 2020, and documented it all here on this blog. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's gained a reputation for being challenging - but it also looks fantastic. I have joined all the maps together without the coordinates and map information. Any niggles you have will be magnified once you’re out on the trail, day after day with a pack. There is no one definitive ‘ultimate’ set of hiking gear. As with many trails of this length, there is significant diversity in terms of terrain, weather, difficulty, and other factors. The sprinkling of road sections, overgrown forests and exposed tricky alpine passes are a surprise to some, to the point where a few give up when they reach them. Running the length of New Zealand from end to end, the Te Araroa (TA) Trail officially opened in 2011 and has seen a steady increase in walker numbers over the years. points described in the Trail Notes. I walked 2 hours a day for three months before departure on my daily commute to work, getting my feet used to the daily pounding, and I carried a fully loaded pack for the last month of it. These sorts of distances are definitely reliant on easy terrain however. //