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Walk The Length Of New Zealand!

Why not walk the length of New Zealand and see some amazing sights?! The Te Araroa walking trail will lead you from the top of New Zealand to the bottom! From Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Cape Reinga New Zealand
Cape Reinga
Pole with location signs and a map of New Zealand

It’s not for the faint hearted though as it has some steep terrain, you would have to be reasonably fit to do this but at the end of it, you would have an amazing story to tell and some stunning photos to show!

Man walking on a wooden walkway across the length of New Zealand
Photo credit to Tyler Lastovich

The Trail

Te Araroa is New Zealand’s longest walking route. In fact, about 3,000 kilometers actually. It has a mixture of different walkways such as older and newer tracks, wilderness tracks, paths through beaches and paddocks, through towns and suburbs, roads and highways. Besides those, there is also a river to cross which can only be done with a kayak. There are definitely some challenging parts. For this reason, it would help if you are pretty fit. Make sure to click on the link that I have included below as you will find lots of information and guides there.

Due to the length of it all, I have heard that it takes roughly 3 to 5 months to complete the whole trail.

Weather-wise, it’s best to start at the South Island from Bluff and walk your way to the top of the North Island. This is because the further north you go, the better the weather. As an example, the weather in April in Invercargill is around 10 degrees but up north it’s about 17 degrees.

Pictures of New Zealand, the beach and a farm with a sheep

Hundreds of people in New Zealand do this walk every year so you are bound to come across some. This is a great way to make friends and maybe even walk the trail together as a group.

There are plenty of huts and camp sites along the way. Make sure you take lots of food and water as you don’t want to get caught out.

They say the North Island has a lot more road walking involved as well as the Whanganui River to cross. Some people say the South is more impressive with the scenery. However, the North Island is undoubtedly just as beautiful.

On the whole, I would love to do this walk one day. I have only done a tiny tiny bit of it around the Kapiti Coast. One day…

For More Information

Furthermore, if you would like to learn more about this trail , check out this link https://teararoanobo.net/

Also, there are trail guides for you to print off and take with you. As well as helpful tips like what to take on your hike.

If you are interested in visiting some amazing movie locations in New Zealand, read my previous post here https://travelwellingtonwithme.com/movie-locations-to-visit-in-new-zealand/

With all this in mind, are you keen to give it a go ? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  1. The scenery looks stunning! We would probably never be able to find the time to hike the whole thing, but sure would love to hike some segments of it!

    1. You would definitely have to have some time up your sleeve but it would be amazing for sure! And a great story to tell the grandkids

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