Mission Accomplished. We’ve Done It! Te Araroa Trail, North Island.  Cape Reinga to Wellington, NZ

We’ve done it! We’ve walked Te Araroa North Island from Cape Reinga to Wellington reaching the TA marker at Island Bay, on John’s 66th birthday, 26 March 2017.  An appropriate day to finish, we thought. 1701kms according to our maps.me app. Our mission of walking the North Island completed not with speed (80 days walking on … More Mission Accomplished. We’ve Done It! Te Araroa Trail, North Island.  Cape Reinga to Wellington, NZ

Roads, Rain Come with Manawatu Terrain, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

326kms to Wellington on the Te Araroa Trail; so close, so far. We’ve walked 1374kms without too many issues but we are finding our bodies these last few kms require a little more nurturing. Physically, psychologically. The trail now encompasses many more roads with some busy highways and heavy rain accompanies our journey.  Whanganui Youth … More Roads, Rain Come with Manawatu Terrain, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Highlights – Walking the Tongariro Crossing and Being Spoilt by Friends, Walking Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Above the Devilled Stairway, Tongariro Crossing. Nancy, John, Kerry & Dave Highlights this posting: A major tourist attraction. Thousands per day climb and cross over Tongariro Crossing, drawn by the fascination of live volcanoes, the challenge of the steep climb, the strange beauty of moonscape like craters and emerald green coloured lakes. A major tourist attraction … More Highlights – Walking the Tongariro Crossing and Being Spoilt by Friends, Walking Te Araroa Trail, NZ

‘You Two Are The Craziest People I’ve Met’ said Mark from Benneydale. Walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington on Te Araroa Trail, NZ. 1700kms. Crazy? Well maybe he knows something we don’t! 

‘You Two Are The Craziest People I’ve Met’ said Mark from Benneydale. Walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington on Te Araroa. 1700kms. Crazy? Well maybe he knows something we don’t!   At 65 and 64 we are older than most TA trampers we’ve met, by about 35-40 years. Has this trail, this adventure been more … More ‘You Two Are The Craziest People I’ve Met’ said Mark from Benneydale. Walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington on Te Araroa Trail, NZ. 1700kms. Crazy? Well maybe he knows something we don’t! 

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…Waikato King Country, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

​​ ​ Video taken by John from Mt Pirongia Summit Our Te Araroa trail journey continues in the beautiful Waikato Region taking us over our highest summit so far, varied and trying weather and some minor discomforts to body and soul…testing the Comfort Zone!   The Good: Panoramic views, beautiful bush, lovely campsite, the joy … More The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…Waikato King Country, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

‘I would Walk 500 Miles and I Would Walk 500 More’, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Apologies to the Proclaimers!  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”  Lao Tzu.   This signage;  one of many on the beautiful Hakarimata Walkway, Ngaruawatia in the Waikato.  These sayings lead our achievement so far.  In Hamilton, John and I reached 800kms…500 miles on the Te Araroa Trail, the long pathway in … More ‘I would Walk 500 Miles and I Would Walk 500 More’, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Shelter From The Storm, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Shelter from the storm for Monarch butterflies and for we two fortunate Te Araroa trail trampers. Not as Bob Dylan sang; maybe more as in ‘Willow’, (Shelter in a Storm) a Joan Armatrading favourite. Trees were felled, as were power lines, interrupting power to thousands throughout the Auckland region, cars and homes damaged as an … More Shelter From The Storm, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Breathtaking, Breathtaking and Breathtaking, Te Araroa Trail, NZ

Breathtaking, breathtaking and breathtaking. Te Araroa Trail, NZ Ruakaka to Dome Forest Beautiful beaches, stretching for kilometres have been our pleasure to walk. Some of the forests have been breathtaking too…tiring! Leaving Ruakaka beach for Waipu Cove, junior life saving championships, all activity and crowds, slowed our receding high tide way. Further on, entertainment of … More Breathtaking, Breathtaking and Breathtaking, Te Araroa Trail, NZ