Te Araroa is one of the world’s newest long distance trails. Running from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail covers 3,000 kilometers across the length of New Zealand. The trail is marked by great scenery, an amazing trail community, and hundreds of kilometers of road walking.
I spent my time on Te Araroa on the South Island, an adventure that lasted almost exactly two months. My 58 days of hiking began in the lush coastal rainforests of the Queen Charlotte Track in the north, led me through the stunning mountain scenery of the Richmond Range, the Nelson Track, and the Southern Alps, before depositing me dusty and worn at New Zealand’s most southerly point in Bluff.
The trip was long, challenging, and entirely unforgettable. New Zealand is a wonderful place to hike and I can’t wait to head back.
- Distance (official): 1,286 km/800 miles
- Distance (estimated actual): 1,400 km/870 miles
- Total Days: 58
- Zero Days: 4 (Havelock x2, Twizel, Queenstown)
- Resupplies: 13 (Havelock, Nelson, St. Arnaud, Boyle “Village,” Arthur’s Pass, Methven, Twizel, Tekapo, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, Otautau, Colac Bay).
You can find more info on the hike in my posts on the Te Araroa:
- Part 1: A Non-Guide to New Zealand’s Te Araroa
- Part 2: 10 Tips for Hiking Te Araroa
- Part 3: Trail Stories from Te Araroa
- Part 4: A Moment of Bliss on Waiau Pass
- Part 5: Would I Recommend Te Araroa?