Te Araroa is a tramping trail stretching from the sub-tropical Cape Reinga in the North to the sub-Antarctic Bluff in the south – a total distance of 3000 kilometers. “Te Araroa” is maori for “the long pathway” and was officially opened December 3rd, 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae. It’s managed by the Te Araroa Trust, a charitable trust working in partnership with DOC, councils and private landowners to form and maintain the trail.
In 2014, National Geographics placed the trail alongside some of the world’s most renowned walking routes in its collection of “World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails”. The route includes popular routes as Tongariro Crossing, the Wangagui River and the Queen Charlotte Track, but it also passes through major cities Auckland, Hamilton, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Queenstown and Invercargill.
Walking the entire trail takes an average of 120-150 days, but in February 2013 British ultra-runner Jez Bragg completed the 3000 km in 53 days…I have no intention at all to break his record.