Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Greetings, and welcome to our Te Araroa thru hiking blog. In a few short hours, Brazil Nut and I will begin our journey to Auckland, and from there we will journey north to Cape Reinga, the start of our New Zealand thru hike.  Te Araroa (I will soon start referring to the trail as TA) is a 3,000 km (1,900 mi) long distance hiking trail, that starts at the north tip of New Zealand's North Island and ends at the southern tip of the South Island. For more information about the trail, I encourage our to visit their website:
 Below, I have posted a map of the trail.

For anyone who is interested, we have provided links at the top of this page to some of our previous hikes.  In 2011 I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) with my friend 'Eats' and in 2012 Brazil But and I hiked the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) from Mexico to Canada.  The links provide access to our blogs from those trails, and we have also posted a gear list of our current NZ gear.
  For the next few hours I will be finalizing gear, maps, notes etc and tomorrow (Thurs) morning our journey will begin.
 Thanks for reading, I'm happy to be blogging as Jetpack again!
Happy Trails!


  1. Ahhhh I am so excited for you guys. I can't believe you are leaving in the morning. I am so proud of you setting out on your third thru hike. I can't wait to hear and see everything from your trip. Well wished to both of you, you will be missed severely (but luckily home just in time for hiking season!)

  2. Jetpack, I will definitely be following. Have a great hike!