Most thrilling while walking the entire length of New Zealand was what I heard: birds, mud, rsuhing water, sandflies (!) and the Kiwis themselves. Travel with me on the TA through sound.

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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!
Instead of desperately missing the things you can't do, it's better to enjoy what's right in front of you.
When talking about the islands of New Zealand, you say "in" the island, not "on" because they're huge.
I hitched around Lake Wakatipu then hiked an Alpine pass on the Routeburn Trail in rain.
The saying goes that in the North Island, you get dirty and in the South, you wash.
The weather is wild in New Zealand ranging from hot days to storms with gale force winds.
In New Zealand, thousands of huts in the back country provide shelter for trampers.
The most important lesson I learned is if the weather is good, keep moving.
Blissful hangs up her hiking shoes for a paddle on the Whanganui River.
Good weather and good friends add up to one of the best birthdays in memory.
Rain is a constant companion on the Te Araroa causing anxiety until I learned to accept it.
I just happened to be passing through Auckland at Thanksgiving and have a lot to be grateful for.
Omra tells me that my subconscious needed this long walk to sort out the "big questions."
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.
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.