Te Araroa

The literal translation is the path long / te ara roa; three syllables, tee, arah, rowah, a challenge at first to say.

Te Araroa does not need a ‘the’ before it, te = the; check out Pronunciation on Te Araroa – YouTube

Te Araroa (TA) here is the official website Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail — Home

Te Araroa is a 3,000km route that extends from the sub-tropical north to the sub-Antarctic south.  It was officially opened in 2011, Geoff Chapple founded the Trust in 1994 to manage New Zealand’s Trail as a continuous track, to be also tackled in sections as day walks.  Since 1975 development of different sections has been undertaken to make it the continuous long-distance hike we know today. Various chunks of land have been negotiated, private land owners and the Crown set out conditions for use of the tracks including lambing, privacy and camp spots are an example of some of the rules.

The main tracks are marked out for day or multi-day hikes.  For the continuous long-distance hikers there are ‘connectors’, these are roads, water crossings and bypass links that take you from one track to the next.  Some of these are on highways and others are off-road, across estuaries or they might by-pass round obstacles deemed to be risky.  It takes 5 – 6 months to complete the 3,000kms continuously, it’s my intention just to enjoy the challenge and experience New Zealand at walking pace.