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New Zealand boasts some stunning multi-day walks all over the country and if you’re into walking and hiking you’ll have heard of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
But when talking about Te Araroa, the term ‘great walk’ gains a whole new meaning. If you’re looking for a new challenge, this truly great walk may just be your cup of tea. Te Araroa or the Long Pathway is a walking trail stretching over 3,000 kilometres from the very top of New Zealand (Cape Reinga) right down to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, making it one of the world’s longest trails!
Te Araroa opened in 2011, and New Zealand’s completed Long Pathway covers farmland, forests, mountains and volcanoes, coastline and seven cities.
The recommended walking season for the Te Araroa Long Pathway is summer and early autumn (November till April), but of course you can walk sections any time of the year. Check teararoa.org.nz for the current trail status and any necessary detours. We reckon it’s time you pulled on your hiking boots!
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