Why did I walk Te Araroa?

“So, why are you walking this trail?” It wasn’t even a week into my Te Araroa journey when I was first confronted with this question. I had just met Peter, a carver living in rural Takahue, not far from Kaitaia in Northland, who had offered me to stay at his place for the night. People like Peter are called trail angels in the through-hiking community as they offer their help to hikers, which often includes food, accommodation or pickup and drop-off services. He had probably met countless walkers over the years, and I guess he had heard similar answers before.…

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The Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand

Hiking through the Tongariro National Park on New Zealand’s North Island is considered one of the most beautiful day hikes in the world – for many it is even leading this list. Beside the impressive volcanos, on a single day you are hiking through various different vegetation zones and get a good insight into the diversity of this remote Pacific state. Even if you are really averse to hiking, you should definitely not miss out on this tour on your NZ trip. In January I was able to get an impression for myself and I would repeat this hike again without…

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