Te Araroa Bigger Picture Maps

These are two resupply maps that I created for the 2016/17 TA walking season. They should be good for a few years although there might be some information missing or new tracks that might put the distance out a little. They were only meant as a rough guide and for long term planning. There are … Read more

The Best Laid Plans – TA 2016 Pt.4

Leaving Ahipara and into the Northland forests Those of you who have been following this blog will probably have wondered why I only made one entry while on the TA. Well the truth is that I am here in Mexico City now when I should have been some where on the South Island! Let’s go … Read more

Ninety Mile Beach – TA 2016 Pt.3

We are finally on our way! I am in Ahipara, which is a small holiday village at the end of the Ninety Mile Beach. We are having a zero day (thru-hiking term for day off) because of the crazy storms that have battered northern NZ. We start today into the Herekino forest with the next … Read more

Northward bound – TA 2016 Pt.2

I finally got to meet my three TA walking buddies today and they are great. We ¬†gathered early at Auckland’s downtown bus station for the longish journey up to Kaitaia. The bus trip was over six hours and we emerged from the chill of the bus into the ‘winterless north’ of NZ. Northland’s sub-tropical climate … Read more

Kia ora from Auckland – TA 2016 Pt.1

Well it seems impossible that next week I’ll be hiking 90 mile beach (not actually 90 miles but nearer 90 km!) ¬†with three other intrepid hikers, marking the start of our Te Araroa adventure. I have been in NZ for a few days now. On the second day I woke up with a bit of … Read more

Countdown to Te Araroa

I am back in the Perth YHA after walking a couple of sections of the Bibbulmun Track. Summer is certainly knocking on the door of Western Australia as it felt hot stepping off my bus from Albany. Summer was very much absent on the Bibb! It has been good for trying out my gear and … Read more

Half a World away

Welcome to Long Trails and my first TA blog post! This is more of a test post than anything, but rest assured, I will be writing a lot more about the TA before I embark on the walk from early November. I am currently in Vietnam, pretty much half way between the UK and NZ. … Read more