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What is The Te Araroa?

August 18, 2010

What is the Te Araroa? That is the fundamental question when it comes to following this site. It’s a name is splashed all over the place. You best find out. And being the nice chap I am, I will tell you. Right now in fact.

The Te Araroa Track is a long-distance tramping track that runs from Cape Reinga in the far-North of New Zealand’s North Island to Bluff, a tiny little town right down South of the South Island. The track covers around 3000km and people complete it either in small sections or, if they’re like me, complete it in one go over 5-6 months.

Rather than regurgitate the history of the track, I suggest you go to this link over on the Te Araroa Trust website to find out more. It’s a really interesting story and may even inspire you to build your own track, or at least walk one.

The reason I am walking it. Madness? No no. I’m sane. Go here if you’d like to find out more. I’ve written a hefty spiel on my (ir)rationale.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2010 7:54 pm

    Hi Paul

    Rosie from Adventure Travel magazine (as you may know, you’re featured in an article at suggested we contact you to ask for your favourite vegan camping recipes.

    We are compiling a list of Trangia recipes for our wild camping experiences in Sweden and would be very interested to hear some ideas for your favourite vegan recipes – some vegan ideas would be a very useful addition to the collection.

    For more information, please see

    Many thanks in advance and very best wishes for your trip!

    Best regards


  2. howe permalink
    October 11, 2010 3:50 pm

    don’t get eaten by ants!

  3. chris permalink
    October 19, 2010 4:10 pm

    Hope you got to enjoy this morning’s shake! I think I said they would be “all but over by now” didn’t I (oops). Good on you for not starting the trip if you didn’t feel ready or feel it was right for you at the moment

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