Friday, November 18, 2011

New Long Distance Trekking Trail Set To Open In New Zealand

Long distance hikers looking for a new challenge will have one starting December 3rd. That's when the Te Araroa foot trail opens in New Zealand, offering a  route that is more than 3000km (1864 miles) in length, stretching from north to south across the entire country.

Te Araroa, which means The Long Pathway, stretches from Cape Reinga, in the northernmost tip of New Zealand's North Island to Bluff, located in at the southernmost end of the South Island. Walking the entire length of the trail will take backpackers through thick forests, past verdant farmland, up volcanoes and mountains, and across open meadows. The trail even passes through seven cities, which will serve as great starting and ending points or places to resupply.

Building this epic trail was no small feat, as it was mainly accomplished by volunteers who worked many long years to link up a series of trails and fill in open spaces on the map. In fact, it took more than 17 years to complete this project, with all kinds of legal, technical, and physical challenges that had to be overcome in order to bring it into existence.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 10 AM local time on December 3rd in Wellington, which is almost exactly the middle point of the trail. After that, it'll be officially open for long distance hikers, and the countdown will begin as to who will be the first to trek it end-to-end.

Cool story and a great new trail. Thanks to Lou-Phi for sharing. I'm sure you're already plotting your adventures on the Te Araroa my friend.

8 comments:

NLM said...

Very cool. I wonder how long it would take an average hiker to complete. Any guesses?

Adventure Junkie said...

The official website for the trail says that they estimate it would take roughly 4 months to hike end to end. Whether that is an "average" hiker or someone more dedicated is hard to say, but it gives you an idea.

David Overall said...

First the Great Himalaya Trail, now this? The bucket list is getting as long as these hikes!

Jaco Strydom said...

I wonder if one can Mountain bike it like the Great Divide in USA or the Freedom Challenge in SA? (www.beit2cape.blogspot.com)

Andy said...

I love love love hiking. its the best adventure of my life to do hiking around difficult places. and also at dark and suspicious kind of places where people don't like o go mostly. the adventure become more perfect when you have to hire any taxi and the driver is too much boring and slow. i love the only one taxi service that is orlando taxi

Buladi said...

Impressive! This is very adventurist in future.Tourist enjoy this new long distance trekking trail.
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Louis-Philippe LONCKE said...

I don't thing cycling is allowed or even possible all the way.
i've been through several parts as the TEA links other famous tramps (the word "hike" in kiwi).

I've been following the progress for years, I believe since 2005 or before. First I wanted to do it but now I feel do go more offtrack on several sections. We'll see, I'm not ready yet as the way I wanna trek NZ has a big twist now since I'm gonna add heaps of difficulties.

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