Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Maori proverb


I didn't always find soulful campsites on the Te Araroa.
We suffer thru-hiking for the transcendent, and appreciate it more because of our suffering.
The chorus of birds on both the Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest Trail were glorious. Hear them for yourself!
https://youtu.be/0dJMs782hlg Erica Jong writes, “Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.” I opt for joy in missing out...
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Omra tells me that my subconscious needed this long walk to sort out the
There is a lot of magic on a thru-hike when we have faith and juts let it happen.
The birds, people, and sound of my feet through water, mud and sand were the hiking conversation.
Legs like stilts on the Ninety-Mile Beach in the far, far north of New Zealand.
The start of the Te Araroa is a trial of sand, wind, rain and mud, but it's worth it.
Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand
After 36 hours of travel, I arrived in New Zealand and started hiking right away.
The great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wants us to be wanderers, “though not as a traveler to a final destination: for this destination does not exist.”
If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.
It's said that people fear public speaking - and looking ridiculous - more than death.
I love my work as a classical music radio host, but I wanted to see what a long distance thru-hike would do to my body, mind and spirit so asked for a leave.
I love being a DJ, but wanted to experience a thru-hike before it was too late.