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.
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.
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.
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.
If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.
It's said that people fear public speaking - and looking ridiculous - more than death.