Te Araroa is New Zealand’s longest continuous trail that offers everything an average Austrian hiker’s heart needs for such a tour. From spectacular landscapes to lonely beaches in the high mountains, from volcanoes through natural forests to cities. About 3,000 km stretch from Cape Reigna in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the extreme south. Since the Te Araroa Trail was not officially opened until 2011, the number of those who have successfully completed it so far is small.
My soles will be smoking again – but this time my intention is not to go to the limit like on my last longer hike – crossing the Himalayas from east to west. The daily differences in altitude should remain manageable this time, food doesn’t have to be dragged along for weeks and I should be spared from snow and ice – except for a few high alpine tours. Only the river crossings could become a challenge this time, at least they are announced as difficult by the Te Araroa Trail Foundation. In addition, you have to carry everything you need for daily survival – i.e. camping, hiking, cooking and photo equipment can easily increase the load capacity to 30+ kg.
How long I will be on the road exactly, I cannot say in advance. If I add the side trips such as whale diving, bungee jumping and similar activities to the estimated walking time, it will probably be about 4 – 5 months. I’m looking forward to this tour myself and as always I’m also happy about any comments on photos and stage reports.
The Te Ararora organization describes their trail itself as
Te Araroa is the greatest New Zealand adventure there is – and should be on every Kiwi’s bucket list.
Walk it all, walk it in your lifetime, walk New Zealand – walk Te Araroa!
And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do! In this sense -Henry