Southern Terminus: Bluff, Southland, New Zealand
Northern Terminus: Cape Reinga, Northland, New Zealand
The Te Araroa (or The Long Pathway), pronounced "tiara - row - a," is about 3000 km or 1800 miles in length. It crosses varied landscapes - taking the walker through forest, alpine, and coastline ecosystems in rapid succession. This long walk offers a great variety of views, challenge, adventure, and basic tourism in New Zealand. This provides a unique travelling experience - to discover large swaths of a country solely on foot. In many instances we found ourselves in a wilderness setting one day and walking through a city center the next.
While strolling through Wellington and other cities we often came across plaques in the walkways that kept us on track.