What Is The Te Araroa?
Te Araroa means “the long path” in Maori. Aptly named, the Te Araroa trail spans more than 3,000km down the length of New Zealand. Starting in Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, ending at Bluff in the the bottom of the South Island. The trail opened in 2011 and since then has been gaining notoriety as more and more hikers attempt it each season.
The TA is a challenging journey, usually taking between 4 to 6 months to complete. Passing through the Tararua Ranges and the Richmond Alpine Track the TA is no walk in the park.
We are undertaking the TA as a Thru-hike which means we are attempting to walk the entire trail in one season. We will be walking south bound starting in Cape Reinga on 16 October 2018. Allowing ourselves just over 2 months to walk each island we expect to reach Bluff by early April 2019.
The TA has some unique elements including a 100km stretch of sand walking along 90mile beach, a 100km paddle down the Whanganui River and a climb to 1,925m in elevation over Stag Saddle.
It is an epic adventure that we find ourselves standing in front of. We have chosen to take a leap of faith, giving up what we know and being open to what the trail holds in store for us. We look forward to sharing our journey with you.