2016/17 TE ARAROA TRAIL JOURNAL

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About the Te Araroa: November 5-TBD

Oh man, where to begin with the Te Araroa. Well, first off, it is 1898mi/3054km and runs the full length of both islands of New Zealand. One of the few hikes in the world that hikes the full length of a country. Second, it is relatively young (officially opened at the end of 2011) and still has a lot of growing to do. The range of experiences on the TA is quite great varying in terrain including road walking, beach slogging, mountain hiking, water crossings, kayaking, farmland, jungled muddy forests, and countless other experiences. It’s going to bring on a wide range of challenges in both terrain and weather (crazy wind!). Daily distance hiked each day is significantly lower than the US long trails given the slower terrain. This hike should take around 4 months for me to complete and will surely test me in many aspects. It has gained a lot of momentum and there will be no lack of other hikers out there from all over the world. It will definitely be an experience unlike any other trail. I’m going into it with an open mind and the least logistical preparation I’ve ever had on a long trail like this, but am ready to just take it as it comes…

BASE PACK WEIGHT: 12lbs. 15,4oz.

Before The Hike

Farewell Australia

I gave myself the last handful of days off from blogging as I wrapped up my time in Australia and...

On The Horizon For 2016…

Let The Drumroll Begin! For 2016-2017 I’ll be hiking several high routes, the Wonderland Trail, and then heading down under. I’ll be in Australia and New Zealand this fall and I can’t wait!

During The Hike

Day 103: Milford Sound

February 14th We got up and had breakfast at the B&B at 7:30am. There was a full rainbow there...

Day 102: Te Anau Zero

February 13th I didn’t plan on writing a post for this day and was going to combine the two...

Day 96: We’re On A Roll

February 7th Along Freehold Creek(1542)-Along Timaru River(1569.9) Mileage: 27.9mi/44.9km Campsite...

Day 94: Such A Boost!

February 5th Tekapo Canal/SH8(1493.3)-Pines Camping Area(1510.8) Mileage: 17.5mi/28.2km Campsite...

Day 85: I See The Sun!

January 27th Arthur’s Pass(1347)-Lagoon Saddle A Frame Hut(1360) Mileage: 13.4mi/21.6km...

Day 77: Into The Flood

January 19th St Arnaud(1208.6)-John Tait Hut(1223.3) Mileage: 14.7mi/23.7km Campsite Elevation:...

Day 74: Anything But Flat

January 16th Slaty Hut(1158.5)-Mid Wairoa Hut(1176.1) Mileage: 17.6mi/28.3km Campsite Elevation:...

Day 71: It’s Time…

January 13th Abel Tasman: Mutton Cove-Wainui Car Park 6mi/9.7km I got a leisurely start this...

Day 55: Filling The Tank

December 28th Palmerston North(917.5)-Burtons Track/Tokomaru River(939.6) Mileage: 22.1mi/35.6km...

Day 42: Dodging The Rain

December 15th 42 Traverse(679)-Tongariro Holiday Park(690.4) Mileage: 11.4mi/18.3km It was a nice...

Day 41: Stretching It Out

December 14th Whakapapa River(668.3)-42 Traverse(679) Mileage: 10.7mi/17.2km Campsite Elevation:...

Day 39: Rest & Reset

December 12th Taumarunui(653.4)-Taumarunui(656.1) Mileage: 2.7mi/4.3km Campsite Elevation:...

Day 21: Auckland Zero

November 24th Ahh, the glory of a full zero day to myself in a great setting. I seriously sat on...

Day 20: Auckland Or Bust

November 23rd Stillwater Holiday Park(348.8)-Auckland/Ferry Terminal(369) Mileage: 20.2mi/32.5km...

Day 19: Town Hopping

November 22nd J Tolhoph Rd(325.3)-Stillwater Holiday Park(348.8) Mileage: 25.5mi/41km* Campsite...

Day 5: Muddy Mash Up

November 8th Ahipara(63.6)-Stream N of Waiotehue Road(79.9) Mileage: 16.3mi/26.7km Campsite...

After The Hike

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